This is a super collection of popular children's stories complete with ideas for making music and it opens the door into clasroom music. There are songs to sing, games to play, raps to clap, sounds to explore and music to compose. Many traditional stories lend themselves to musicality and Kay Umansky has taken thirteen well-loved and familiar stories and added parts for percussion, actions, and simple ideas for composition which develop the implied musical concepts. The songs which some of the stories contain are all set to well-known children's tunes and the melody lines are given at the back of the book. The book is illustrated throughout with light-hearted and lively cartoons of the creatures, characters and actions from the stories. Non-specialists, even those who have never read a note of music in their lives and are not confident in handling musical ideas should find this book ideal as a simple and quick way into the music curriculum.