The Remarkable Farkle McBride by John Lithgow
I was overjoyed to learn that John has embraced the Children's Literature scene and when I found out that I could make a direct connection to my music program with his first every Children's book - I just had to buy it! I purchased mine as an ebook through Kindle and I also found the movie on Vimeo. I like the video from Vimeo as it has John reading the book and also showcases the sounds of different instruments playing for that extra auditory stimulation!
About the book:
Young Farkle McBride is a musical genius: He plays the violin, the flute, the trombone, and the drums with incredible skill. But he's never satisfied: Something is missing. The audience is introduced to a memorable character, a fickle yet loveable child prodigy who brings the sounds and rhythms of an orchestra to sprawling visual life. Who knew that the Remarkable Farkle's musical tastes would be satisfied by musicians all playing together!
Whilst the book is targeted to students ages 4-8 years old, the rhyming text, hilarious illustrations by C.F Payne make the story interesting for younger students and adults alike!
Music classroom connections:
- 2 metre and conducting: I use this book to introduce students to the concept of conducting.
- Classroom discussion about the sounds that different instruments make. Farkle's world was lit up by the sounds of an orchestra all playing together - what sounds do you like to listen to? Perfect segue into listening to different instruments of the orchestra and the comparison between single instruments, families of instruments, and the whole orchestra playing at once.
- Instruments of the Orchestra - discussion with students about the different families of the orchestra. Class discussion about the instruments that Farkle played and what family of the orchestra they belong to.