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Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  2,510 ratings  ·  191 reviews
When this book begins, the trombone is playing all by itself. But soon a trumpet makes a duet, a french horn a trio, and so on until the entire orchestra is assembled on stage. Written in elegant and rhythmic verse and illustrated with playful and flowing artwork, this unique counting book is the perfect introduction to musical groups. Readers of all ages are sure to shout ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published 1995)
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Caldecott Honor Books
34th out of 246 books — 145 voters
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Lisa Vegan
Feb 20, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: for an introduction to music groups and musical instruments and as a counting book too
While the text poems weren’t stellar I really liked this book and I particularly got a great deal of pleasure from the inclusion of the cats in a book about music.

This is one of six books (the last I’ve read of the five I’m able to find) chosen for the Picture Books Club’s (at the Children's Books group) March discussion books; the month’s theme is music.

Ten instruments are introduced, as they and their players end up forming a chamber group of ten. This works as a counting book because as each
An enjoyable poetic introduction to musical instruments, this book also proves a charming counting book as we add from one to ten musicians (and their instruments) to make a chamber orchestra. Each instrument has its own little poem but the illustrations help keep everything unified and I really enjoyed the end when the pieces all come together to create an encore-worthy performance. The illustrations won a Caldecott Honor and, while I appreciated them, I'm not sure I was particularly a fan (muc ...more
Feb 02, 2012 Gundula rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children interested in music and musical instruments
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin has an engaging, poetic text, combined with wonderful illustrations (I can certainly understand why this is a Caldecott Honor book), and is an informative and fun way to introduce children not only to ten important musical instruments, but also to the numbers one to ten (and solo to a chamber group of ten musicians). While the text itself is not spectacular, I think it would work very well as a read-aloud, either at home or in a Kindergarten or grade one classroom. The on ...more
“Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin” is a Caldecott Honor Book written by Lloyd Moss along with illustrations by Marjorie Priceman and this book details the various instruments that each person plays while the verses explain the different names used for the number of people joining the orchestra. “Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin” is a brilliant picture book that will help teach children about learning about various musical instruments while learning about the different names used for name a group of numbers.

Crystal Marcos
Mar 16, 2011 Crystal Marcos rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young musicians or music enthusiasts
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin is a good introductory to musical instruments. I liked the effort for the rhyming text and the way the text was placed on the pages to simulate the flow of music. Although it is a Caldecott Honor Book I was not a fan of the art. I did greatly appreciate how the illustrator incorporated musicians who were both young and old and from different races. For younger children, this is also a counting book. One-Solo, Two-Duo, Three-Trio, etc.

This is a Picture Book Club read for t
Feb 08, 2009 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
I have wanted to read this one for a while now, but could not get it at my local base library on Oahu. So when I found it here in Virginia, I made sure to get it right away. Our girls are starting to move beyond counting stories, but this is a wonderful tale about various musical instruments and has a lyrical rhyming narrative. We really enjoyed reading this book aloud together, especially with all the onomatopoeic words. And the illustrations are bold and bright and much deserving of the Caldec ...more
Zin Zin Zin a Violin is a concept book introducing musical instruments as well as ensembles. This book goes through a little bit of the orchestrate using rhyming and counting. The pictures and lay out of the pages in this book are in coordination with the type of instrument that is described. The characters also reflect the instruments. An example of this would be when the book introduces the french horn, the character is short and has a bigger mid section. The french horn is short and has a big ...more
There aren't a lot of children's books out there that educate children about the orchestra, so with that, this book automatically gets 5 stars in my eyes. However, in addition to that, it is fabulous because it teaches children about solo, duo, trio, quartet, quintet, sextet, septet, octet, nonet, and a chamber of ten. It also introduces all of the instruments that play in a symphony such as violin, flute, bass, trombone, etc. Its verse rhymes and flows in a whimsical way, and the illustrations ...more
Samara Winter
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin is fun book. The book starts off with a trombone player, gliding through his notes by himself. Next a trumpet player joins in with the trombone making it a duet. And so on until there is a full orchestra on the stage. They all play together until the crowd screams encore and leaves the crowd wanting more.

This book is full of color. It blends colors like pink, purple and blue together to make fluid strokes on the page. I think the blend of colors and how it swirls on the
Sarah DeWalt
"Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin" is about an orchestra and all the instruments that are made up in an orchestra. The story shows each instrument and explains the way the instrument sounds with different rhyming words and onamonapias. As the title shows a violin may sound like zin zin zin. Or an oboe that is gleeful, bleating, sobbing, and pleading. The story starts with a lonely trombone and a new instrument is added through time with many adjectives to describe their new sound.
I think this story is g
Kayla Dunbar
This is a very interesting book. It explains the concept of an orchestra through introducing each instrument that is in the orchestra. It uses different sound words to describe the instruments. It also introduces readers to different musical terms such as solo and duet. Lloyd Moss does a great job of creating a story about an orchestra and the different parts of it. Marjorie Priceman does a wonderful job with the illustrations. She makes the instruments seem very life-like. I really felt like I ...more
Sarah Plitt
Zin Zin ZIn! A Violin

This light and rhythmic story animates the idea of instruments and music. The rhyming words and stanza like structure of this book allows the reader to view the different types of orchestras adding one instrument at a time. The word choice and use of figurative language describes each individual instruments uniqueness in shape, tone, and purpose. The brilliant use of personification introduces the instruments as a character in an orchestra. As each instrument is added to the
I liked this book, it was a nice introduction to the instruments in an orchestra. I understand that the mouse and cats are there to give the child something to look for, but I found them to be distracting and did not understand why they were there in the first place. We could talk about otomotpeas with this book. I would read this book during music time or when we talked about rhyming. I would show the class a small segment of an arches tar playing so they could understand more about what they j ...more
The pictures for this book were bright and cheery, with the main characters most often whimsically drawn. The story is fairly interesting, I liked how they named all the instruments and I felt that children would learn something as well as be amused. I'd probably recommend this book.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
Kianna Buckner
"Zin Zin Zin Violin" by Lloyd Moss is a great book. The book introduces all of the instruments in the orchestra.

I think this book is a great way to introduce instruments to children. I think this would be a great book to read for kids on the first day music or band class. It would get the kids interested about the instruments because the story tells enjoyable details about each instrument. I like how the story was told in like a poem form. It was like in a poem form because it was dealing with m
A wonderful book for teaching children about instruments and introducing them to the musical groups. The text is rhythmic and the illustrations flow, to adhere to the musical theme.

Great book for music lovers.
Maria Flores-gasca
We see that the orientation of the book is vertical. This book really caught my attention first of all because I love playing the violin and the pictures are truly amazing. Like I mentioned the pictures are awesome and they give us that sense of what is happening in the story. For some reason the images really bring the story to life by giving us what they are saying and what we are reading. The colors are more of pastel/ light, the way the people are drawn are quite interesting since they seem ...more
Hannah Grabowsky
The first thing that I noticed about this book was the swirling of colors together, and softness of endues, and that the colors almost blended together to create the image of musical things happening. The word choice was also superb, and regardless of the illustrations, it really create an image in my head while reading, and brought the story to life for me. There were no borders in pages of this book, and it made me feel like I was right there, sitting in the audience of the musical performance ...more
Summary: "The STRINGS all soar, the REEDS implore, / The BRASSES roar with notes galore. / It's music that we all adore. / It's what we go to concerts for." In this exuberant tribute to classical music and the passionate, eccentric musicians who play it, author Lloyd Moss begins with the mournful moan and silken tone of one trombone. A trumpet sings and stings along, forming a duo, then a fine French horn joins in, "TWO, now THREE-O, what a TRIO!" The mellow cello ups it to a quartet, then ZIN! ...more
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss, illustrated by Margorie Priceman is a rythmic, poetic introduction to the instrument in an orchestra and also a counting book. As this book begins, the trombone is playing all by itself. But soon a trumpet makes a duet, a french horn a trio, and so on until an entire chamber orchestra is assembled on stage.

The rhyming text communicates both the tone & feeling of every instrument - a "mellow" cello, a "stroking strings" violin - while keeping the rhythm
May 06, 2008 Jodysegal rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: PreSchool-Grade 3
Richly colored, stylized gouache illustrations introduce one by one the members and instruments of an orchestra. Each of the characters bends and twists as if shaped by currents of curving, moving music-filled air. Wonderful onomonopeic text accompanies each of the instruments as it chimes in. The trombone, for example, joins in: "With mournful moan and silken tone, Itself alone comes ONE TROMBONE. Gliding, sliding, high notes go low; ONE TROMBONE is playing SOLO." Sly cats and delighted dogs en ...more
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Chelsea Gail Smith
Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin by Lloyd Moss and Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman was a good way to teach children about musical instruments, as well as counting. As I thought the message was good, I thought the illustrations were a little strange. The drawings of the people were very long and elaborated. I felt like if I was a child reading this I would be a little scared of some of the people, especially the conductor in the end. Another thing that struck me as odd in the illustrations was the random ...more
Assignment: Picture Book Project
Category: Choice
Recommending Source: 1996 Caldecott Honor Book

Review: This bright and colorful book takes you inside the world of music introducing the reader to 10 different instruments with the turn of each page. Inside the concert hall is a variety of musical instruments that play simultaneously creating a symphony. One by one, the music from all of the instruments come together and invites the reader to appreciate what music has to offer.

As you look at the fr
Kristalina O'bannon
This book is a fun book to learn about the different instruments,creating an orchestra. The illustrations are bright, colorful and filled with details. Each page has a new short rhyme to introduce a new instrument. This book does have some difficult vocabulary due to the rhyming. It might be a good book to use in a classroom when teaching about word choice. I would recommend this book for children in second or third grade due to the length, format and vocabulary.
Kaylin Marton
This book was made vertical because it deals with actual people. I think the illustrations were beautifully done and showed the reader what the music sounded like with the animals. In my mind the animals, that were never discussed with words, were what I saw was the way the music sounded. With each instrument that came about a new character came about causing more anticipation and excitement until the orchestra was complete and the animals were all in harmony.
Natalie Moreland
The author's reliance on stereotypes was off-putting, and in my opinion makes this an unsuitable introduction to the world of orchestral music. I think the author could have come up with more interesting, accurate descriptions of the instruments' physical and tonal attributes. He did this well for some instruments ("With steely keys that softly click,/Its breezy notes so darkly slick,/A sleek, black, woody, CLARINET") but for others he lazily relied on stereotypical descriptions that give the re ...more
Sarah Ashburn
This is an amazing book! I am not even a music person but I think this is a very good read to introduce students to different instruments. Although I do feel that this was a little bit harder read than many of the books I have looked at. I do not think that this has easy enough words for a new reader. This like many others uses different types of segmentation to explain many instruments.
Amy Clinton
This book is about the different members in an orchestra. It begins with only one person playing the Trombone, and slowly adds more people playing different instruments, one by one. At the end, you see the whole orchestra playing on stage.

This book would be wonderful to teach a variety of different things. Not only is it able to teach about different instruments, but also can be used for rhyming and counting.

The illustrations in this book seem to be moving with the sound of music that must be f
Natalie Hendry
Zen! Zin! A Violin! Was a Caldecott Honor Book it is a book about different instruments. It has a great rhythm and pattern all through out the book. The reader is brought through different instruments in an orchestra and how many people play that instrument. It is great for numbers recognition. It is very colorful and has great illustrations for children to look through. It is really great for music teachers. The teacher should read the book to the students and then after reading it the teacher ...more
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