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Passing the Music Down

by Sarah Sullivan, Barry Root (Illustrator)

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An endearing tale of tradition and friendship. Once there was a boy who develops an enchanting friendship with an elderly man through their love of music. As a child, he became fascinated with the fiddle after seeing the fiddle player play tunes at fairs and festivals. He then decides to teach the child the mechanics on playing the fiddle. They spend a lot of time together by doing daily chores and afterwards playing music. Once the elderly man's health began to deteriorate, the young man makes a promise to honour him by playing and teaching his tunes. After playing at a concert, he discovers a chid in the crowd whom is interested in learning the fiddle. Now, the cycle repeats... The theme is based on friendship and how connections can be built through mutual interest. I would try to develop appeal towards this book by assessing background knowledge. I would ask open-ended questions in an attempt to have them reflect on their personal experiences with music. ( )
  hlmusiclover | Sep 3, 2014 |
Appealing story celebrating Appalachian culture and the passing down of learning and traditions. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
A boy with a gift for the fiddle is taken many miles away to an old time fiddler for lessons. The boy learns many things from the old fiddler, including how to be an excellent fiddler.

Beautiful pictures and poetic text make this a lovely picture book.

“And when the work is done,
they sit out on the porch.
The old man tunes his fiddle,
and the boy leans in close.

They play ‘Bonaparte’s Retreat’
and ‘Yew Piney Mountain,’
tunes older than the towns
the boy traveled through,
tunes old as the mist
and twisty as the roads.” ( )
  debnance | Nov 23, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 076363753X, Hardcover)

A warmhearted ode to an American musical tradition and to generational ties, told in lyrical free verse with atmospheric illustrations

A young boy travels to the hills of Appalachia to meet the old-time fiddle player whose music he has admired, and so sparks a friendship that will forge a bond between generations. The boy develops under the man’s care and instruction, just as seedlings grow with spring rain and summer sun. From playing on the front porch to performing at folk festivals, the two carry on the tradition of passing the music down. This touching, lyrical story, inspired by the lives of renowned fiddlers Melvin Wine and Jake Krack, includes an author’s note and suggested resources for learning about the musicians and the music they love.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:27:31 -0400)

A boy and his family befriend a country fiddler, who teaches the boy all about playing the old tunes, which the boy promises to help keep alive. Inspired by Melvin Wine and Jake Krack.

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