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The Man with the Violin Library Binding – September 1, 2013
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Children and adults should both read this book, for it affirms the former while chastising the latter—like Dylan and his mother, there are plenty of children who pay attention while adults do not. Loosely based on the true story of Joshua Bell, who played his Stradivarius in a D.C. train station and was barely noticed, this begins with Dylan noticing and being quite moved. The music stays with Dylan, coloring his drab day and, to his utter delight, reappearing on the radio later on. The story is simple, but the language has its own musicality, replete with alliteration, onomatopoeia, and sentences that linger and float, abruptly halt, and quickly resume. Petricic’s gorgeous illustrations in graphite and watercolor are as light and lucid as they are satirical. Featureless, careworn adults drift through life, while Dylan’s world is always transformed by Bell’s music into a rainbow of color and imagination. This reminds us all to look at the world through the eyes of children and be delighted by the serendipitous moments that surround us. Grades K-1. --Amina Chaudhri
There's plenty to ponder in this melodious tale. It's a story that's bound to get kids thinking about the importance of listening. And, of course, the power of music. (Julie Hale Book Page 2013-08-21)
I think it's very important that we all pay attention to this wonderful book! (Sally Bender Sal's Fiction Addiction 2013-08-28)
Here's a much-needed reminder that we all need to slowwwwwwwwwww down. (Terry Hong Smithsonian BookDragon 2013-08-11)
This compelling story has a clear message for young and old, and features an inspiring young talent as a role model. It also provides the possibility of an enriched read aloud experience thanks to the links provided for musical accompaniment. The Man with the Violin captures the reader's imagination just as the violinist's music enthralls its young protagonist. This story reminds us that there is much in life to appreciate, if we can just pay attention. (Robin Sales Canadian Children's Book News 2013-12-01)
A brilliant portrayal of the sensitivities of children and the sad loss of that wonder by most adults... [In] 2007, [Joshua] Bell played his 1713 Stradivarius for transit goers for 45 minutes. Only 7 of over a thousand people stopped to watch...[but] every single time a child walked past, he or she tried to stop and watch. And every single time, a parent scooted the kid away. Kathy Stinson takes this astounding demographic and tells the story of a child who becomes enthralled by the music that he hears as his mother pulls him along on her way to work... Only when he hears the same music on the radio can Dylan get his mother's attention and take her along on his magical musical ride... Kathy Stinson's simple but powerful representation [is a] convincing message of the capacity of music to enrich our lives and the wisdom of children that is too often and too easily disregarded. (Helen K CanLit for Little Canadians 2013-09-05)
In the hands of such skilful creators, who have many books to their credit, this captivating tale is a beautiful balance between a simple but powerful text and illustrations that are full of vitality and rhythm. (Reesa Cohen CM Magazine 2013-10-04)
The drawings almost dance off the page. (Mary Lavers Cozy Little Book Journal 2013-10-10)
This is a phenomenal book. (goodreads.com 2013-10-01)
I want to read it over and over again. I want for others to read it. I want for schools and libraries to use it to teach music appreciation. I want it to get attention, lots of attention, because that's what it deserves. (Reading and Sharing 2013-10-01)
This book is a celebration of music and a great reminder to take the time to appreciate beauty that surrounds us. An interesting account of the real event is provided at the back. This was such an interesting story and one that I can see would be the starting point for some excellent class discussions. I can't wait to share this with my students. Love it! (Readingpowergear.com 2013-09-02)
This is a fine reminder of the old adage to stop and smell the roses, and a good impetus for a discussion of using one's powers of observation. (Grace Oliff School Library Journal)
There's a lot to see in here--for your child and you, both. (Terri Schlichenmeyer Simcoe County 2013-10-14)
This book allows children and adults alike to appreciate little day-to-day wonders, to find solace in a rushed world, and to discover the joys of music. (ABQLA Bulletin (Quebec Library Association))
This important picture book will remind each of us to enjoy and savor our surroundings. (National Parenting Publications Award Gold Winner)
The Man With the Violin--a beautiful new children's book worth cherishing this season--is based on a true story. (Vi-An Nguyen Parade 2013-12-02)
Stinson's melodious descriptions and Petricic's colourful swirls seem to envelop the reader, captivating them just like the music captivates Dylan. (Jen Bailey Readerly, National Reading Campaign 2014-01-28)
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The Man with the Violin is based on the true story of an experiment that violinist, Joshua Bell, did in a Washington D.C. subway station. The story is told in a charming way with language a child would enjoy. Words like, "grr-rumble," and "ro-o-oar," and "patter, " and "clatter," bring sounds to life throughout the book. Probably the strongest aspect of the book is the illustrations. Illustrator, Dusan Petricic visually creates the sounds of music through swirling, colorful lines, and the noise of the station is depicted as sharp, angular, dark lines. Also, the objects Dylan observes, are cleverly illustrated in color while what the mother observes is drawn in dull, boring shades of gray. Children will enjoy picking out the humorous items, such as the mismatched boots, and seeing the splotches of color on things Dylan has noticed.
While the story is written for children, the inherent lesson in the book is one that would most benefit the adults reading it. Namely, that one should not rush through life, but rather pause to enjoy it.
The Man with the Violin is a book that would appeal to children ages 4-8. Fans of Joshua Bell would also enjoy this book, as there is a brief description of the actual experiment and a postscript written by Joshua Bell. As noted on the back cover, a portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated to a charity that promotes engagement with music among young people.
once upon a time famous violinist Joshua Bell participated in an experiment where he played in a NY subway and pretty much no one payed any attention. (with a few exceptions of course.)
This is the story of one little boy who was inspired by the music even though everyone around him barely even noticed. It is a simple story that can be read to kid or used as a teaching tool.
This precious book tells that story. Although it's a book for children, it's also a "slow down and enjoy", lesson for all of us. I had to do some research to find a copy and I'll share it with others now.
I went to a Joshua Bell website and saw the video of his performance in that subway station. Amazing.