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Surveys the history and components of music, concentrating on Western musical traditions. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 2-3 at http://www.corestandards.org.]
HUSH LITTLE BABY is a folk lullaby that was first sung to put children to sleep in England. With its warmth and humor, it became a favorite among folk singers of the Appalachian Mountain region, and now it is well known in many other parts of our country, where it has been perennially popular with singers and listeners. There are many versions of this lullaby. This is one of them. In this version of the popular lullaby, a winsome little boy is portrayed in a gently humorous way. He wavers between delight and disappointment over the many gifts he is promised. Colorfully painted on wood, Aliki's illustrations are set against the 18th century backgrounds of the song's origin.
Two separate stories in one book, the first telling of Mari's starting school in a new land, and the second describing village life in her country before she and her family left in search of a better life.
Describes the preparation and celebration of a medieval feast held at an English manor house entertaining royal guests. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 2-3 at http://www.corestandards.org.]
A child's world is one filled with the discovery of sensations, and "My Five Senses" captures the excitement and wonder that accompany these discoveries by focusing on such common sensations as licking ice cream, petting a bunny and hearing a fire engine. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts for K-1 at http://www.corestandards.org.]
From "Hamlet", to "Romeo and Juliet", to "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Shakespeare's celebrated works have touched people around the world. Aliki combines literature, history, biography, archaeology, and architecture in this richly detailed and meticulously researched introduction to Shakespeare's world-his life in Elizabethan times, the theater world, and the Globe, for which he wrote his plays. Then she brings history full circle to the present-day reconstruction of the Globe theater.
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