#BookADay: THE MAN WITH THE VIOLIN, written by Kathy Stinson and illustrated by Dušan Petričić (Annick Press, 2013)
This gorgeously illustrated 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. See the YouTube video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnOPu0_YWhw
Synopsis: "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. But Dylan is swept away by the soaring and swooping notes that fill the air as crowds of oblivious people rush by. 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 and movement expertly demonstrate the transformative power of music. With a postscript explaining Joshua Bell’s story, and afterword by Joshua Bell himself."
More about the book on the Annick Press site: www.annickpress.com/Man-with-the-Violin-The
More about Kathy Stinson: kathystinson.com/
More about Dušan Petričić: annickpress.com/author/Duan-Petrii
The Washington Post article about the experiment: www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/...
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