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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: CHILD'S PLAY; Abridged edition (Nov. 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859533786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859533782
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.4 x 10.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,265,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Despite playful illustrations featuring an engaging animal cast, this well-intentioned picture book is flawed by poor textual layout and awkward prose. Fed up with an overload of noise, Gustav Mole takes his recalcitrant children on a world tour--"to warn the world and to rediscover the music they had lost." From Budapest to Bali, Gustav drums up support for his cause, and is in turn serenaded by such creatures as cimbalom-playing badgers (Hungary), a sitar-playing tiger (India) and a kangaroo on the didgeridoo (Australia). The visual information on wildlife and ethnic music is the highlight of the book--Meyrick's detailed watercolors are splendidly merry--but unfortunately, her prose is not as sleek. (Older readers and young listeners alike may have trouble with such convoluted verbiage as "The moles' mood mellowed as they savoured slow food, to the cordial piano accordion of a busking boulevard badger.") Coupled with the seemingly random layout of text--some pages so crowded with chunks of print that the story line is almost impossible to follow--this makes for a difficult read-aloud, effectively eliminating a major portion of the intended audience. Ages 3-10.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Hardcover
This book is a wonderful way to introduce children to the music of the world. Gustav Mole's decree at the end of the book should be a goal for all of us in this modern world. Children will surely want to pick up an instrument themselves, sing and make merry music after reading The Lost Music: Gustav Mole's war on noise.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
More Difficult Than It Appears June 28 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Gustav Mole's world has been infested with noise and now his children refuse to play music. In order to inspire them to play Gustav takes his family on a trip around the world, visiting many different cultures and listening to their music. In this way the reader is carried on a journey that introduces them to many different forms of music and types of musical instruments. While this is an amusing story and a great overview of some not-very-well-known musical instruments, this is definitely not a book for preschoolers. With vocabulary including words such as; foundry, urban sprawl, transmitter, lament, to name a few, this book would be inappropriate for the youngest children. I would recommend it for older children, but be prepared to do a lot of explaining about instruments carrying names like Saron Panerus and animals like macaques.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful introduction to music of the world Nov. 23 2002
By Melissa Mace - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is a wonderful way to introduce children to the music of the world. Gustav Mole's decree at the end of the book should be a goal for all of us in this modern world. Children will surely want to pick up an instrument themselves, sing and make merry music after reading The Lost Music: Gustav Mole's war on noise.
Good attempt, but story it lacking... March 20 2013
By Happy Mama - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Like what an earlier reviewer said, the vocabulary is way too hard for preschoolers, and even if the language were simpler, the storyline is a bit hard to follow and not very logical.

The pictures are wonderful though, and we basically used the pictures and told our own story to go with it. Highly recommend checking it out from the library first before purchasing it, since you might not think you need to buy it after you read it. The author tries to crack a few jokes (only adults will get it, I think) that fly over the children's head. An Indonesian instrument is compared to a god, there's another religious reference about African instruments too. Just OK.


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