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Passing the Music Down by Sarah Sullivan

Passing the Music Down

by Sarah Sullivan, Barry Root (Illustrator)

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Passing the Music Down by Sarah Sullivan is a good book that I would recommend reading to K-2nd graders. The book is about a man teaching a boy the violin. The man instills into the boy to pass the music down. When the man grows old and passes, the boy becomes a man and carries on the tradition. The boy teaches young people what he was taught by the old man. The book is an interesting story about the importance of learning from elders. I thought that the book had a strong message and can be used as a lesson to listen to the life lessons of elders. I recommend this book to students and teachers because it is a good lesson on respecting the lessons from the older people in your life. ( )
  mmilde1 | Feb 12, 2017 |
Passing the Music Down by Sarah Sullivan came to be about an older gentleman that is teaching a younger boy to play his music with the violin (fiddle). The little boy is so eager to learn that him and the older gentleman are always together. As they get older the boy gets better and they play music together. Once he was old enough, he promised the old man that he would “pass his music down” and he did. He passed it to many people as he played at concerts. I used to be a big fan of music, I played the clarinet a while back and I wholeheartedly wished it was something that I has stuck with because I loved playing it, and who knows maybe I could have passed it on to someone. ( )
  lasmith7 | Oct 6, 2016 |
Friendship can come in any shape, form, or age. This book is about a boy who becomes best friends with an old man. Their friendship is connected through their love for fiddle music. The old man teaches the boy everything there is to know about fiddle music and the culture. The old man wanted the boy to keep the tradition of fiddle music alive. It's very interesting knowing that this story was inspired by a true story. I would read this book before a music lesson. ( )
  sottallah | Apr 26, 2015 |
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 |
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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.

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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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