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"Rosa organizes her friends into the Oak Street Band in order to earn money her family needs because of her Grandma's illness....Community, family and personal triumphs converge, making unforgettable music for everyone."--School Library Journal.


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"Rosa organizes her friends into the Oak Street Band in order to earn money her family needs because of her Grandma's illness....Community, family and personal triumphs converge, making unforgettable music for everyone."--School Library Journal.

30 review for Music, Music for Everyone

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Beautiful, colorful illustrations. A lovely story with a pleasant ending. The author leaves enough mystery to keep the reader asking questions.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Miss Sarah

    An elementary and up picture book about a child whose family is struggling financially and emotional who starts a band with friends to try and earn money. very sentimental

  3. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    More stories with the big chair and the money jar.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Brumbaugh

    Summary: "Rosa organizes her friends into the Oak Street Band in order to earn money her family needs because of her Grandma's illness....Community, family and personal triumphs converge, making unforgettable music for everyone." Genre: Fictional Picture Book Reading Level:Fluent, This book is fluent because it has paragraphs on each page. The font is small and there are lots of words on each page. There are tricky words within the book such as: accordion, squeezed, and beautiful. Also the illustr Summary: "Rosa organizes her friends into the Oak Street Band in order to earn money her family needs because of her Grandma's illness....Community, family and personal triumphs converge, making unforgettable music for everyone." Genre: Fictional Picture Book Reading Level:Fluent, This book is fluent because it has paragraphs on each page. The font is small and there are lots of words on each page. There are tricky words within the book such as: accordion, squeezed, and beautiful. Also the illustrations add to the book but they do not help the reader to know what the story is saying. Topic:Making a band with your friends, helping out your family Curriculum:Read-Aloud for grades 2-3, it would also be a great read aloud in music class. Social Issues: The importance of music in a young child's life. Diversity in the world because this is a hispanic family. Literary Elements: Uses descriptive text such a big, long tables all pushed together Illustrations & Text: The illustrations in this book are very colorful and bring to life the hispanic culture within the book. The text and the illustrations work together at telling the story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Levonne Gigger

    I love the fact that this is a sequel to Something Special for Me. You don't usually think of a lower level book as having a sequel. I like that both books can be read independently of one another if desired. From the gift that Rosa purchased for herself she now continues on to the next phase of life. The realness of life is explored as Rosa's grandmother's illness starts to overcome her. Rosa grapples with feeling helpless concerning her grandma...until she has a great idea. The use of tension I love the fact that this is a sequel to Something Special for Me. You don't usually think of a lower level book as having a sequel. I like that both books can be read independently of one another if desired. From the gift that Rosa purchased for herself she now continues on to the next phase of life. The realness of life is explored as Rosa's grandmother's illness starts to overcome her. Rosa grapples with feeling helpless concerning her grandma...until she has a great idea. The use of tension is very great in this book. The realness of having a sick grandparent is relatable for everyone at some point in life. For the very reason I have just stated this book can definitely be used. If there is a child in the class who just lost a grandmother, or any other family member this book can be used as a way to hear others' words that a child not be able to come up with to express how they are feeling or felt. This book also can encourage children's ability to do big things, "even a child," as the book says.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    I hate to admit that I have not read “A Chair for my Mother” for ages, and cannot remember it well enough to compare, so this review will be without that background. My granddaughter picked this book as a free book from the Erie PA public library program “Kick Off to Kindergarten” program. I think she was attracted by the girls playing instruments on the cover. I saw her eyes darting around each page as I read, as she tried to match the text to the water-color illustrations. Some pages were eas I hate to admit that I have not read “A Chair for my Mother” for ages, and cannot remember it well enough to compare, so this review will be without that background. My granddaughter picked this book as a free book from the Erie PA public library program “Kick Off to Kindergarten” program. I think she was attracted by the girls playing instruments on the cover. I saw her eyes darting around each page as I read, as she tried to match the text to the water-color illustrations. Some pages were easy to identify, other pages have small images surrounding the soft-colored text boxes. Each page has some sort of frame that relates to the text, such as an awning and brick on the page about the store or blue and white checks for the table at the party. The story has enough detail and explanation in it that reading “Chair…” was not critical. Great example of how children can make a difference! This book would reassure any youngsters who have aging grandparents, as well as show them how to help take care of and entertain them in meaningful ways.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    This was a sequel to A Chair for My Mother, a story I've read to my class numerous times. I was pleased to realize that this goes with the first story. In this, the narrator's grandma is sick and there is no money in their money jar. So she and her friends decide to form a band and play at special occasions. This turns out to be good for everyone...lots of discussion/lessons could come from this book... problem solving, saving money, how to earn money, the value of music, the importance of pract This was a sequel to A Chair for My Mother, a story I've read to my class numerous times. I was pleased to realize that this goes with the first story. In this, the narrator's grandma is sick and there is no money in their money jar. So she and her friends decide to form a band and play at special occasions. This turns out to be good for everyone...lots of discussion/lessons could come from this book... problem solving, saving money, how to earn money, the value of music, the importance of practicing something if you want to be good at it (and yet I want to point out that this story is an enjoyable story and not preachy...these are themes you might take from the story but that aren't explicitly stated). I just often like to record my thoughts about how I'd use a book in my classroom.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Robert Owens

    Perhaps it was this book that was included in the Harcourt anthology when I first began teaching. It seems to me I used to say this was the third book in the trilogy. Hmm . . . I just don't recall. It is indeed the third book. The chair has been replaced due to the fire. The money jar is depleted because grandmother is ill. The girl and her friends decided to form a band. They are actually paid. Rose makes certain her share goes into the family money jar. As always, Vera B. Williams' illustrations Perhaps it was this book that was included in the Harcourt anthology when I first began teaching. It seems to me I used to say this was the third book in the trilogy. Hmm . . . I just don't recall. It is indeed the third book. The chair has been replaced due to the fire. The money jar is depleted because grandmother is ill. The girl and her friends decided to form a band. They are actually paid. Rose makes certain her share goes into the family money jar. As always, Vera B. Williams' illustrations are superb. I really like her style. The story is good too, although lacking compare to A Chair for My Mother.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Borduin

    The little girl in this book wants to put money back in the money jar for her grandmother. This can be a great story for a math lesson on sharing. All the girls in the band earn a total amount of money for their performance. They have to share that money between the four of them. How do we know how much money each girl gets? What if the band played another show, but only three of the girls show up and they made such-and-such amount of money. How would the three girls split up X amount of money?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lyndee Stisher

    Music, Music for Everyone by Vera B. Williams is a heartwarming story about a little girl that will do anything to help her grandma become healthier. Rosa and her friends come together and start their own band named the Oak Street Band. Through music, Rosa is able to raise money for her sick grandmother. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to see friends and family come together to help others.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Hogan

    The story was very cute. I loved how the little girl started a band with several of her friends to save money for her family "grandma". Rosa plays the accordian and wants to start a band. She was afrad that no one would pay children to play. She was wrong! This is a great story explaining to children that even though they are small they can still can accomplish anything.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy Lafleur Meyers

    In this third book about Rosa and her family, there is continuity with the others as "Our big chair often sits in our living room empty now." Grandma is sick and tired now. The jar is empty and money seems tight. And so Rosa looks for a way to help her grandma get better. Another fun and warm Rosa and family book!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rocheal Hoffman

    Music can be medicinally soothing. The character on the story takes care of her older grandmother, and as their roles change she relies on music to fill her heart with joy. The end talks about four equal shares of money from a music gig--this creates a real-world connection.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Ruggirello

    This is a good book about a little girl who wants to get money to put in their jar, it was empty because her grandma got sick and her mom needed the money for her grandma. So it was really cool to see how this little girl really cared and tried helping her grandma.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    Nice follow up to A Chair for my Mother. First graders liked that aspect quite a bit.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ashanti

    I think it was sad in the begining because her poor granma was sick

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Such a beautiful book. Brightly colored watercolors add a soft feel to the heartwarming text about a family of 3 generations that work together to make a happy life.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Harlan

    This is a touching story about a girl taking things into her own hands to help her grandmother.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Miss Kelly

    This picture book was okay, I don't think I would use it for a storytime. Good book to read one on one with a child. Vivid pictures.Fair.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gianni Llano

    I loved the fact that this is a sequel to "A Chair for my mother," a story I read as a child. I love the grandmother granddaughter relationship illustrated in this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gracie

    This is a sequel to "A Chair for My Mother," which I also love. This story has such good messages about having good friends, working hard, and being loyal to your family.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Annie Delight

    library

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lydia

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angela

  25. 4 out of 5

    mirinda

    Hey

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christine

  27. 5 out of 5

    Becky

  28. 5 out of 5

    Erin

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rivka Abramowitz

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

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