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About the Author

Sarah Sullivan, the author of Dear Baby: Letters from Your Big Brother, is a recipient of an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College. She lives in West Virginia, where old-time fiddlers play throughout the seasons.

Barry Root has illustrated many books, including Paul Fleischman’s The Birthday Tree and Ted Kooser’s Bag in the Wind. He lives in Pennsylvania.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780763637538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763637538
  • ASIN: 076363753X
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Sullivan's novel ALL THAT'S MISSING received a STARRED REVIEW from the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. VOYA called it "AN OUTSTANDING DEBUT NOVEL." Her picture book PASSING THE MUSIC DOWN was an N.C.T.E. Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts and a Bank Street College Best Children's Book for 2012. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College where she won the Harcourt Post-Graduate Scholarship. She lives in Williamsburg, VA. For more info, go to www.sarahsullivanbooks.com

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This is the perfect Read Aloud picture book! It is a wonderful story, beautifully illustrated--a touching tale about a young fiddle student and his mentor. The student and his mentor's relationship spans many aspects of life and culminates with the student becoming a skilled musician in his own right and a mentor for younger students. The theme is universal and will engender discussion about values, crafts and all things that are treasured by one generation which should be passed to younger generations. Jake Krack, the real-life boy-subject of this wonderful book, learned his fiddle-playing craft as a teenager from fiddle-playing master, Melvin Wine. Now, Jake passes the music down to a new generation.

Read this book aloud and talk about heritage and the importance of learning, growing and keeping skills alive from one generation to the next.

Pass it down!
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PASSING THE MUSIC DOWN really struck a chord - no pun intended - with my husband and me. There were tears streaming down our faces when we read this timeless tale, as we experience this phenomena firsthand of older musicians teaching the younger ones to play and appreciate the music and instruments of times past at the local jam sessions, fiddlers' conventions and bluegrass concerts. Indeed, this book helps one realize that "passing the music down" is preserving the past for future generations. Already, we have shared the story during read aloud with a second grade class and ordered numerous copies for our friends and grandchildren. This book is magical and touches the heart of all who read it.
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Having a son who is learning the violin this was a "must" have. This is the story of a young boy called Jake Krack who, along with his teacher, persuaded his parents to take him on vacation to hear the music/fiddling of an old man, Melvin Wine. He shouts out songs he wants the man to play and then goes to sit beside him with fiddle in hand.

"Know any of my music?" asks the old man. That is the beginning of a wonderful friendship and Marvin invites Jake's parents to bring him out to the farm to play more. They work hard through the day and then at night the playing begins.

The story ends showing Jake as a grown man playing for the crowds and "passing the music down" just as Marvin did to him. At the back you can read the "real" story and both men's achievements.

Highly recommended from our family to yours!
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A boy with a gift for the fiddle is taken many miles away to an old time fiddler for lessons. The boy learns many things from the old fiddler, including how to be an excellent fiddler.

Beautiful pictures and poetic text make this a lovely picture book.

"And when the work is done,
they sit out on the porch.
The old man tunes his fiddle,
and the boy leans in close.

They play `Bonaparte's Retreat'
and `Yew Piney Mountain,'
tunes older than the towns
the boy traveled through,
tunes old as the mist
and twisty as the roads."
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