A Melodious Tale

 This is a lovely picture book that has been loosely based on an article that ran in the Washington Post several years back. It is a story that stuck with me;  I was delighted to learn that it is now written in a format that I can share with young people. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I have.   

The Man with the ViolinKathy Stinson

Who is playing that beautiful music in the subway? And why is nobody listening? This gorgeous picture book is based on the true story of Joshua Bell, the renowned American violinist who famously took his instrument down into the Washington D.C. subway for a free concert. More than a thousand commuters rushed by him, but only seven stopped to listen for more than a minute. In The Man with the Violin, bestselling author Kathy Stinson has woven a heart-warming story that reminds us all to stop and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.

Dylan is someone who notices things. His mom is someone who doesn't. So try as he might, Dylan can't get his mom to listen to the man playing the violin in the subway station. But Dylan is swept away by the soaring and swooping notes that fill the air as crowds of oblivious people rush by. With the beautiful music in his head all day long, Dylan can't forget the violinist, and finally succeeds in making his mother stop and listen, too. Vividly imagined text combined with illustrations that pulse with energy and movement expertly demonstrate the transformative power of music. With an afterword explaining Joshua Bell's story, and a postscript by Joshua Bell himself.

 What in the World Is a Violin?Elizabeth Salzmann

This title is a terrific introduction to violins for kids. After starting with an overview of the main parts of the violin from tuning pegs to the bridge, the general characteristics and uses of the instrument are described. Simple, fun and informative sentences accompany photos of kids and adults playing violins to provide an understanding of this instrument in the world of music. The title also includes a picture quiz, comprehension quiz and glossary.


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