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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Johann George Meyer von Bremen - Tending the Little Ones, Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concertos, Rose Fylemanb - Mice

We're ready to start a new season with a new artist -  he's somewhat new to me, but it looks like he has some wonderful pictures for us to explore together.
Introducing Johann George Meyer von Bremen.
Tending the Little Ones
The following link to a blog post had a nice article about Meyer Von Bremen here
Or you could read a Wikipedia article about him here

It's been almost two years since I featured Johann Sebastian Bach so I'd like to feature him again.  I'd like to start with The Brandenburg Concertos.  An article introducing them is here.
And a link to listen to them on youtube is here
here is a link to the J.S.Bach Home page - there are articles about him, pictures, maps and links to his music.

When I type in Bach for our small local library it comes up with 152 entries so it should be easy to find something to read aloud and discs with his music to share with your family.  I'd like to recommend a few in particular - 

"The Story of Bach in Words and Music" by Vox is a great way to introduce this great composer as it tells the story of his life interspersed with pieces of his music.

Classical Kids - Mr. Bach Comes to Call

Sebastian Bach - The Boy from Thuringia, by Opal Wheeler.  I haven't read this yet but we've enjoyed her other junior biographies about composers and I plan to order this one in to enjoy together.

If you find a biography worth recommending - please share it with the rest of us in the comments section at the bottom of this blog. 

 I'd like to feature poetry by Rose Fyleman and Aileen Fisher this season.  You can read a biographical sketch about Rose Fyleman here. Even though I really DON'T LIKE MICE, my nine year old daughter does and I like this poem about them by 
Rose Fyleman:


I think mice
Are rather nice.

    Their tails are long,
    Their faces small,
    They haven't any
    Chins at all.
    Their ears are pink,
    Their teeth are white,
    They run about
    The house at night,
    They nibble things
    They shouldn't touch
    And no one seems 
    To like them much.

But I think mice
Are nice.

I couldn't find a biography of Rose Fyleman's life and it's a bit hard to find books of her poetry, but individual poems are found in many anthologies and can be found online.  Her poems aren't so much deep and thoughtful as they are simple and fun for young children.


  1. What a magnificent artist find, Patti! Thanks so much for introducing me to his work! As my boys are still young I have found that art depicting children most engages them and this looks like it has the makings of our next artist study.

    We recently read Wheeler's Boy from Thuringia and enjoyed it very much.

    PS - I don't like mice, either. But the poem is cute.

    1. Dear Dawn: Thank you for taking time to comment. I'm glad to hear a good report on Opal Wheeler's Boy from Thuringia - I'm looking forward to reading it to my children. We've enjoyed her other books a lot. I so appreciate hearing from those who are using this blog - the feedback keeps me encouraged to keep on. Thanks for taking the time to jot down your thoughts. Patti

  2. I imagine that it can be very discouraging managing a blog sometimes, Patti. Just know that even though I may not respond with every new post I am most definitely following. I am sure there are more of us out here, too:) Thanks!

    1. Thank you, Dawn! I can look and see that there are followers and visits to my site and that is encouraging, but the occasional comment makes my day!! Thanks for taking time to be a smiling face in the crowd. :)