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In my last column, I covered books on music, mostly composers. For children to understand and appreciate classical music, I think it would help for them also to know something about the instruments and what makes up an orchestra. Too many kids are exposed mainly to guitars and drums, and maybe keyboards. They need to have their ears tuned to the haunting quality of the oboe, the bright notes of the trumpet, and the varied tones of the string family. Understanding how they all come together in an orchestra is also important.

A slightly humorous take on orchestras is The Philharmonic Gets Dressed, by Karla Kuskin, in which the various members of an orchestra . . .

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Kathie Johnson has always had a love for children's books. She collected many as a teacher and began sharing them with other teachers. In 1986, she opened a children's library in her home, and it has continued to expand over the years. Many home-schooled and schooled children borrow books from it, and she takes great pleasure in finding the "right" book for a child. She attends First Presbyterian Church in Berkeley.

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33.3—May/June 2020

Consolation in Death

Bach's Cantata BWV 106, Gottes Zeit ist die allerbesteZeit (God's time is the very best time) by Ken Myers

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