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September 24, 2022

Before Music: Where Instruments Come From, by Annette Bay Pimentel, illustrated by Madison Safer, is a fascinating oversize picture book that covers hundreds of musical instruments from all over the world and how they are made.

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Before Music
by Annette Bay Pimentel
illustrated by Madison Safer

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