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What a fun and interactive book to teach children the basics of tempo in musics. My sons are 4 and 9 years old, and absolutely loved it. There are so many layers to this book: On the one hand there's the possibility to act out the different tempos in different ways (either by reading the text at the appropriate pace or by having the kids run around the room just like Tiger Tempo does in the story). On the other hand there's the tempo that varies in accordance with what's going on in the story (the kids loved connect what is shown with what is being read). The illustrations are amazing and contain a lot of lovely details to discover. If you haven't yet, you should check out "Rhythm Rescue", as well, which is another great resource for the music-lover of all ages. Overall, I can highly recommend this book.
I used this with my grade 1/2 music classes to reinforce a range of tempos. Before we read the story, I showed them an old wind up metronome and had them tap the beat at different speeds. Then we read the story and tapped the beat to keep the pace and helped the Tiger win his race! On first appearance, I was worried it would be too repetitive, but the kids were really engaged and they loved the illustrations too and pointed out all the antics the characters were getting up to that I hadn't even noticed! More of an interactive game than a story book. I recommend it for fun in the music classroom!
I am an elementary music teacher and was looking for books for my room and found this one! When the package arrived my 2 ten year old granddaughters were here and opened it. They loved the book and read it several times! I bought This book for my younger students, but my 10 year old girls LOVE it too! This was a SCORE and I can't wait to use it in my class!
This book is a great way to reinforce tempo with young students! It has the terminology and a picture of a meter to help students understand the relative speed of each term. There are pages for the teacher to show when the students do not use the correct tempo, which will encourage the students to help the tiger. The illustrations are beautiful and colorful. There are quite a few ways this book can be used with movement, body percussion, instruments, etc. Great resource!