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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Making music is an exciting adventure. For one pink pig, it’s very exciting. This pink pig plays all kinds of instruments and not just the most recognizable instruments like the piano, the trumpet, and the drums. The pink pig plays all kinds of different instruments like the mandolin, the accordion, and the gong. The pink pig even plays the didgeridoo and the bagpipes! This is one very musically talented pink pig. And this pink pig likes to share music, playing it outdoors in the barnyard for everyone to hear and enjoy.
Ashley Moluf’s charming picture book story, Pig Plays Music, is a great book for young readers just learning to read and for young, aspiring musicians as well. The language is very simple, using the most basic sentence structure of a subject, “Pig”, followed by a predicate, “plays the….”. There are lots of repeated words like “Pig” and “plays the” to help the beginner reader start to recognize certain simple words. Some of the instrument names are difficult, like “glockenspiel” and “didgeridoo”, but with the accompanying colorful illustrations and with a little help from a grown-up to sound out these words, the young reader will soon be a pro at pronouncing and recognizing some of the instruments and the words that identify them. Although these words might be a little complicated, there are bound to be a few shared chuckles as the young reader learns from the adult how to pronounce these words, as well as how to recognize them and sound them out, one syllable at a time. This is a great tool to introduce young readers to the world of music and to learn how to read, even with more complicated words. With colorful illustrations, this book is a little treasure.