Guitars: Made By Hand

Guitars: Made By Hand
Publisher
Age Range
8+
Release Date
November 09, 2021
ISBN
978-1481448352
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Discover where the earliest guitars were made and how the instrument has evolved. Then come to the present day to meet Meredith Coloma, someone so passionate about guitars that she learned how to make them by hand. In Meredith’s workshop, there are shelves of ebony, maple, spruce, and western red cedar woods. The tool benches are filled with chisels, clamps, and rulers. Curled wood shavings and sawdust cover the floor. The sweet smell of newly cut wood fills the air. Go step-by-step with Meredith through her process of making guitars. Charts, infographics, and bold photographs make this a perfect book for reluctant readers and visual learners.

Editor review

1 review
Good Vibrations!
Overall rating
 
4.7
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
What worked:
The nonfiction book shares a broad range of information about guitars while keeping it relatable to young readers. The narrator’s voice speaks semi-casually to readers, and this helps to keep the text easy enough to understand. It opens by defining the meaning of guitar, its history, and how it creates vibrations to make music. It explains the processes of making acoustic and electric guitars and has a section focusing on a female luthier named Meredith. The book wraps up by highlighting famous guitarists and memorable moments in the guitar’s history.
An abundance of colorful pictures will grab the eyes of readers and help them understand some of the technical language. A glossary is included to help with any unfamiliar vocabulary. Sharp photographs and enlargements present a pictorial display of the history of the guitar and important people in its development. Diagrams help readers learn about the different parts of guitars, and timelines assist readers by summarizing significant moments and guitarists from the past. There’s even an illustrated, step-by-step guide explaining how guitars are made and how they make music.
What didn’t work as well:
The book will appeal to music lovers, but it might not attract the interest of general readers. The information and illustrations are very engaging for readers wanting to learn about guitars, as the material isn’t overly complicated and the book is only thirty-two pages long. These same reasons may be enough to keep the interest of young readers, for a short time.
The Final Verdict:
Good vibrations. This book offers a revealing introduction into the world of guitars. The material isn’t overly technical or detailed and spans a wide range of topics that will appeal to many readers. I recommend you give it a shot.
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