The Dance of the Violin

The Dance of the Violin

Picture Book - 2017
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"As a young student of the violin, Joshua Bell learns about an international competition to be held in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He chooses a piece of music, which his teacher suggests may be too difficult, but Joshua is determined: it's a piece of music he loves. At the competition, Joshua experiences the usual jitters. Once his name is called, he strides to the stage and begins to play, but almost immediately, he makes a mistake. As he is about to walk off the stage, he asks if he can try again. This time, the playing is impeccable. Dušan Petričić brilliant illustrations, full of movement and color, capture the sounds made by Joshua's violin, from the missed notes to the swirling, uplifting strains of the perfectly executed piece. Children will readily empathize with Joshua's misstep, but they will also learn that with perseverance, second chances are possible."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Annick Press, 2017
ISBN: 9781554519002
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 21 x 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Petričić, Dušan


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forbesrachel Dec 05, 2017

Stinson and Petričić return to deliver another glorious story about true life violin player Joshua Bell, this time describing his introduction to this art. When Joshua was young he discovered a passion for playing music. It didn’t matter what it was, he would bang on pots, and ring anything with a tone. Then his parents gave him a violin, and his talent and love for music only soared. He could see a story in the things he played, and he was good at showing others what he saw through what he played. In his first ever competition, he flubbed his first take, but persisted, started again, and elevated his audience with him. Like The Man with the Violin, The Dance of the Violin also expresses the glorious feelings of music through its uplifting words, and, through the colourful, swirling lines which are meant to portray the “image” of sound. Through the trials of learning a new, difficult piece, to the message of never giving up when a mistake is made, Joshua Bell is an excellent role model for any aspiring musicians; he encourages children to play the “story” they see in the music, to work hard, and to have fun.

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