The students who I teach with “Tales of a Musical Journey” don’t get stuck on certain fingers ‘having’ to be on certain notes. I find their reading is better. For younger students I like the speed that new notes are introduced which allows more time to focus on technique. The children like that they are singing songs as well. I like more time spent on non legato and technique work first but I really love how new techniques are introduced in book One more thing the length of the pieces is important. For younger students moving onto book 2 they are not intimidated with hands together/new concepts because the pieces are nice and short. It also helps to keep momentum rather than spending too long on same piece.