The So-Me series is written by Stuart Manins, a retired professor of Music Education from Auckland, New Zealand. His set of 12 sound stories and accompanying CD feature the character So-me, and his friends La-me, and La-so-me. These stories are charming, have really cute illustrations, and are full of musical teaching concepts. I used the concepts in the stories as the basis of my kindergarten music classes but they were equally loved by my students in Grade 1, 2 and 3. The stories will enhance both Orff and Kodaly based programs and help to teach many curriculum concepts.
Story No. 2, So-me and the Spider encourages children to listen to sounds which sometimes go unnoticed - sounds from outside a building we hear when we are inside, sounds inside a small space which is special to us because of its seclusion, and sounds inside our body.