Little Rat Makes Music

by Monika Bang-Campbell

Other authorsMolly Bang (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2008



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Harcourt Paperbacks (2008), Edition: 1, Paperback, 48 pages


Little Rat loves the violin but hates to practice, until her teacher suggests she perform a duet with one of the advanced students at the holiday concert.


Physical description

48 p.; 8.5 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member SJeanneM
This was a longer story about a little rat that wants to make music but doesn't want to practice so she can get there and the process that she takes to getting to practicing and making real music on her violin. Touching and the kids seemed to understand doing something that they don't want to do so
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that they could get something that they do want. Good book for a 2nd or 3rd grader to read to themself because this is a long one to read aloud.
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LibraryThing member ericarhenry
Little Rat Makes Music by Monika Bang-Campbell and illustrated by Molly Bang was absolutely adorable and it was my favorite out of all the books I looked at today. It was a really enjoyable story to read that, I think, would inspire kids to get involved with music. Little Rat was impatient about
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learning and didn’t like to practice the violin, but she really wanted to be able to play. She had a lot of frustrations that I think all kids have when they are learning to play an instrument. Her teacher teams her up with Kitty who tutors her and together they perform in a concert. Little Rat practiced very hard and played her music with feeling so she played beautifully. It was a very sweet story. The illustrations were also fabulous. They were very detailed and complimented the story really well. This was definitely a big favorite.
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LibraryThing member kaiserestates
Story of a little rat that wants to make music and wants it to be good. He doesn't want to have to practice because it take too much time to get good. The little rat finally realizes that practicing will help him. Adorable book. Great for a 2nd or third grader to read on their own but too long for
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a read aloud.
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LibraryThing member jpeer
About a rat that wants to create beautiful music from the violin but quickly learns that it is not as easy as she believed. When it comes to practicing, she drags her feet until a duet is promised and she pushes herself to succeed. I like the moral of this tale because like many young children,
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practicing is never what one wants to do but if you want to succeed then it must be done.
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LibraryThing member jaia
Little Rat makes Music is a captivating beginning reader that is genuinely a good read! It focuses on frustrations that many children go through when struggling to play their first instrument, play their first sport, or otherwise extend themselves beyond their comfort zone. The lesson that is
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learned is that practice pays off, which is important for all of us to remember.
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LibraryThing member ashley3919
This book is about little rat that wants to play the violin. and wants it to be good. He doesn't want to have to practice because it take too much time to get good. The little rat finally realizes that practicing will help him. In the end he ends up playing in a concert and does a great
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Adorable book. Great for a 2nd or third grader to read on their own but too long for a read aloud. This book helps teach children that it sometimes takes a lot of practice to get good at something and that they should never give up on their dreams.
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LibraryThing member ssdaffron
"Little Rat Makes Music" is a story about Little rat and her love for music. Her mother and father would both take her out to music concerts and orchestras to watch musicals. Little rat loved the sound of music. One afternoon, she and her mom heard beautiful music coming from somewhere. It was a
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class of rats Little rats age and they were all playing the violin. She would like to play in a group like that. She started taking lessons and ran across some problems. She didnt really like to practice but over time little rat got better.
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LibraryThing member mlsweatman
This is the final book of Molly Bang's "Rat series." I checked thes books out for sole reason of looking at the pictures which I dont think is a good thing, but I guess if she has had this much success then I might be in the wrong about her books. I think the illustrations are great but I feel like
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she could have told a better story. I guess thats why im the teacher in training and she is the author.
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LibraryThing member bookcat27
This is a delightful easy reader book that has 8 short chapters. The story is a good one for children who don’t like to practice because it’s boring and hard. We learn about Little Rat and how the adults in her life encourage her, even when she has tantrums. Children will relate to her
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struggles and how she overcomes them in a realistic way. The illustrations are adorable and add a lot to the story.
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LibraryThing member JenJ.
Little Rat hits her stride here in her third book. Little Rat starts violin lessons and discovers it's not as easy as it looks to make beautiful music. Molly Bang's illustrations, done in pencil, gouache, and watercolor, add humor to the story as we see Little Rat's first note represented by a
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seagull and a squawk. There are some great turns of phrase that introduce early readers to figurative language ("getting herself to [practice] was like wrestling with a goat"), but in terms they understand. The depiction of learning to play the violin is spot on as well.
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LibraryThing member TastefullyJReef
In this book we meet a little rat who doesn't like to practice her violin. Her family exposes her to all types of music and she loves to watch music, just not practice. Through this book you see little rats journey from a music listener to a music maker with passion. This book has a great message
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that even though you may want something very bad and it may not come easily that practice makes perfect. She starts to practice for her recital and then performs to find that the passion for violin has always been there. This is a great short chapter book for new readers or even great for a listener because the pictures certainly help tell their story with their colorful and detailed illustrations.
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