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Classical Kids Storytime: 'KinderLute'

Classical Kids Storytime: KinderLute Eusebius Williams
9min 27sec : Classical Kids Storytime: KinderLute

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Four friends — a violin, viola, cello and bass — are nervous about meeting their new owners. Will the young musicians learn to play properly and treat their string instruments with care? Find out in KinderLute, the latest episode of Classical Kids Storytime, featuring music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and illustrations by Eusebius Williams.

(See more of Williams' illustrations in the gallery.)

More: Other Classical Kids Storytime adventures

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Educators: Classical Kids Storytime meets Common Core Standards



Our telling of KinderLute includes excerpts from the following work and recording:

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Clarinet Quintet in F-sharp minor
Leipzig String Quartet
CPO 777905

Courtesy of CPO


Storyteller: Garrett McQueen
Authors: Cameren Anai Williams, Musiq Veneka Williams and Eusebius Locke Williams
Illustrations: Eusebius 'Cee' Williams
Producer: Valerie Kahler
Digital producers: Seiji Cataldo and James Napoli
Senior digital producer: Randy Salas
Program director: Julie Amacher

Classical Kids Storytime: Kinderlute Eusebius Williams
This story is about four friends who make up the String Family: violin, viola, cello and bass. Eusebius Williams
These four friends will be moving in with four different children who have started to play each of these instruments. Eusebius Williams
Stradi is a violin who once lived with a little girl who used to always pull his strings really hard until they popped. Eusebius Williams
Zuka is a viola who is so scared of his new owner because he remembers the little boy who used to drop him all the time. Eusebius Williams
Jose the cello always wants to wear a blanket to protect him because the little girl he used to live with always left him in her mom's car whether it was too hot or too cold. Eusebius Williams
Stoney the bass remembers when the boy who used to play him would never wipe the rosin off his strings and body after he played. This made Stoney very dirty and sticky. Eusebius Williams
Stoney the bass is the biggest of the four friends, but he too was afraid to meet his new owner. Eusebius Williams
The day has finally come for the four friends to meet their new owners. Eusebius Williams
Stradi meets his new owner, a 5-year-old girl named Violet. Eusebius Williams
Zuka's new owner, EJ, is a 6-year-old boy just learning to play the viola. Eusebius Williams
Musique is an 8-year-old girl who now plays on Jose the cello. Eusebius Williams
Stoney's new owner is 10-year-old Ella, a very talented little girl who loves how big the bass is. Eusebius Williams
The four friends are very happy that their new owners are taking such good care of them. Eusebius Williams
"Wait! Don't forget about me!" Eusebius Williams
Bowen the bow is used on the violin, viola, cello and bass to help make beautiful music. Eusebius Williams
Bowen says, "Please do not touch my bow hair because that will make my hair very oily." Eusebius Williams
"My bow hair cannot be tool loose either because my hair will separate from the frog," Bowen says. "If you turn my screw too tight, my stick will snap." Eusebius Williams
The young musicians are now able to take care of their instruments and the bows while learning how to play beautiful music. Eusebius Williams

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