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Jumbo Book of Music, The

by (author) Deborah Dunleavy

illustrated by Louise Phillips

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2001
Recommended Age
8 to 12
Recommended Grade
3 to 7
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2001
    List Price

Classroom Resources

Where to buy it

Out of print

This edition is not currently available in bookstores. Check your local library or search for used copies at Abebooks.


Beat out a trash-can rhythm, bang on a water-cooler bass drum or blast a tune from a rubber-hose bugle! This Jumbo Book has instructions on how to make and play instruments from all over the world. From creating a thumb piano to playing a didgeridoo, the activities in the book are fun and easy. Kids learn about different musical styles and make music on their own or together without needing technical musical knowledge.

Kids can • play music from around the world • make over 50 unique instruments • compose their own songs • create a One Kid Band • experiment with beats and harmonies • try a cappella and cool body jive • throw an African rhythm party

A companion CD is also available.

About the authors

Deborah Dunleavy is an award-winning author, storyteller and musician. The Jumbo Book of Music and The Jumbo Book of Drama draw upon her wealth of experience as an arts facilitator. Deborah lives in Brockville, Ontario in the heart of the 1000 Islands.

Deborah Dunleavy's profile page

Louise Phillips is an illustrator and textile designer. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Louise Phillips' profile page


  • Winner, Parents' Choice Award
  • Winner, Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

What really makes the book stand out is the creative way in which the author groups the instruments. The categories range from a one-kid band playing a washboard and a musical hat, to a jug band, to a “trash” band playing rash cans, pop bottles, and air vents like the cast of the musical Stomp. Even more fun are the musical suggestions.

School Library Journal

This book is filled with hundreds of ideas for making musical instruments, composing songs and playing music from around the world.

Canadian Living

Everything about this book is fun and generates activity. ... Used to its fullest extent, this book should be well thumbed.

CM Magazine

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