Music is the 'staff' of life. People say music can soothe the soul of the savage beast, and maybe that is true. The author of this book certainly believes it is! Based on Penelope Dyan's own family when she was growing up, Dyan continues the celebration of music she experienced as a child. Even if you don't have a gift of music, you have music in your soul just waiting to come out, and this book explores this concept. If you think music isn't inside of everyone, just look at a baby naturally bouncing to the rhythm of a song; and you will see that you are wrong. Put yourself into your child's head and get out the pots and pans and the kazoos; make some hats out of newspaper and have a parade. There is more to life than video games and television, so make life exciting, and awaken the spirit of music within both you and your child. Music develops the brain as well as artistic senses. Penelope Dyan is an award winning author. She is an attorney and former teacher and has been widely published in professional publications in both fields. She wrote music to teach her kindergartners to speak Spanish, and it was published in Instructor Magazine, a national teacher resource magazine. Dyan will tell you when she grew up she thought everyone could automatically read music and was surprised to finds out she was wrong, but you don't have to be able to read music to love music and to dance and sing.