Reblog Thursday: The Man with the Violin from Shelf-employed

I hope everyone had as fantastic a Thanksgiving as I did! I finished my first book, which will be available shortly (self-published, announcement coming soon!), and then I went to Texas for a week to visit my wonderful family.
I hope you enjoy this lovely review of the wonderful book The Man with the Violin. It was inspired by Joshua Bell, who went busking one day in the Washington, DC metro during morning rush hour. I was in DC when this experiment took place and was sad that very few people paid attention to this gorgeous man singing his heart out through one of the finest violins in the world. Only one person … one person … recognized him. It was suggested that if the experiment had been done during evening rush hour, people would have had time to notice and listen for a few minutes. *sigh*
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The illustrations in this lovely book are truly amazing. How can you paint music? How can you show how a child feels about it? Yet Dušan Petričić gracefully shows a child being pulled by the music he hears. The sounds flow all around. I’ve never seen illustrations so descriptive of what goes on in the mind of a character. I hope you take a minute and watch the inspiring book trailer.
Enjoy!
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The Man with the Violin – a review

Stinson, Kathy. 2013. The Man with the Violin. Toronto: Annick Press.  Ill. by Dušan Petričić.
Kathy Stinson’s story of a boy who is interested in his surroundings and captivated by the music of a performing violinist is perfectly complemented by the illustrations of Dušan Petričić. Targeted use of watercolors highlight the flow of music and joy emanating from the violinist and the spirited observations of the child. Wanting to linger, the boy is instead pulled along, forced to adhere to the busy schedule of his mother who hurries obliviously through the crowd.  In a satisfying conclusion, the mother later finds the time to appreciate and savor the music that so captivated her young son in the transit station.

Sure to be counted among one of 2013’s best picture books, The Man with the Violin is a reminder that the world is often seen and heard best through the eyes and ears of a child.

While this is not actually a nonfiction book, it is based on a true story, an experiment done by the Washington Post.  Read the Washington Post article by Gene Weingarten and watch the actual footage of violin virtuoso Joshua Bell playing in the L’Enfant Metro Station in Washington, DC.  For almost 45 minutes, harried commuters passed by, barely noticing the music of Joshua Bell. There was indeed, a young boy who wanted so badly to watch the performance, but his mother was too pressed for time.  It’s a lesson for us all.

For today’s roundup of children’s nonfiction book reviews, visit Booktalking, where author Anastasia Suen is hosting today’s Nonfiction Monday.
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