In this melodic book, Kate and her friends visit The Middle C Music Shop and discover the instruments!

Music generates all kinds of sensations in our friends, stimulating their imaginations. When Kate plays the oboe, it sounds like a duck! When Louie plays the piano, it sounds like hammers hitting an anvil, but Kate gets more delicate notes reminiscent of little fairies! 

What if we could see the sensations and emotions music evokes? What do these instruments sound like to you?

To help you decide, click or tap here to listen to the instruments while you read!

Louie's winding up! Do you know the name of this instrument?

Louie's winding up! Do you know the name of this instrument?

Sample Pages

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"Look, Mom! I can read pictures!"

Kate the Great and the Middle C Music Shop is a story in pictures. It promotes visual literacy.  

A visually literate person can read facial expressions and body language. He or she can understand ideas conveyed through images without the assistance of words. 

Reading pictures is a great way to exercise the brain and improve comprehension! It requires careful observation and thoughtful analysis. With technology, visual presentations are more prevalent than ever! 

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About the author:   Wayne Bartholomew holds a master’s degree in English, which he earned from Youngstown State University. He is also a graduate of Kent State University. Through KSU’s School of Library and Information Science, he earned an M.L.I.S. Wayne has published political cartoons in YSU’s student newspaper, The Jambar. 


About the illustrator:   Jaime Garcia Corral is a comic book artist. His professional career includes work for companies like Disney (Disney Classics), Full Stop Media-Warner Bros. (Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo, Tom & Jerry) and DC Comics (Scooby-Doo), among others. His work has been published both in European countries, like the U.K., Germany, Sweden, Denmark, as well as in the U.S.A. He has also done illustration for animation. 

Kate the Great © Wayne Bartholomew and Jaime Garcia. All Rights Reserved.