The Man with the Violin

The Man with the Violin

4.25 (782 ratings by Goodreads)
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4.25 (782 ratings by Goodreads)

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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. 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 expertly demonstrate the transformative power of music. With a postscript explaining Joshua Bell's story, and afterword by Joshua Bell himself.
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Product details

  • 6-8
  • Hardback | 36 pages
  • 254 x 203 x 12.7mm | 311g
  • Ontario, Canada
  • English
  • New
  • 1554515653
  • 9781554515653
  • 252,912

Review quote

Here's a much-needed reminder that we all need to slowwwwwwwwwww down.--Terry Hong"Smithsonian BookDragon" (08/11/2013)
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About Kathy Stinson

Kathy Stinson is the author of over 25 books for young people, including the beloved, bestselling "Red Is Best." She lives near Guelph, Ontario.

Dusan Petricic is an editorial cartoonist as well as the award-winning illustrator of such children's books as "Mattland," "Bone Button Borscht," and "Mr. Zinger's Hat." He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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Rating details

4.25 out of 5 stars
- 782 ratings
5 45% (349)
4 40% (309)
3 13% (98)
2 3% (22)
1 1% (4)

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I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I also borrowed the print version from my library. Here is my honest review. A sweet story with a message for all of us to slow down a little and notice things. As with most picture books, it is the art that captures our eye; Petričić has done a phenomenal job with this book. Despite being a 2D flat picture, one can sense movement and hear sound. It's incredible. Worth noting: a notice on the back states: "A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to a charity that promotes engagement with music among young people." As a mom, I think this is a book we should read often to remind us to pause with our children and discover the world around them. It is so new to them and we have a chance to see the world through new eyes again. As a teacher, this is a book that I would definitely want in my classroom library. It would make a wonderful book to build a writing/illustrating unit around. It is also a great example of a fiction work based on a true event (non-fiction). This is a book that I will be adding to our more
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