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The Man With the Violin

by Kathy Stinson, Dusan Petricic (Illustrator)

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Dylan is a young boy who listens and watches his surroundings very closely. He appreciates all the little details around him. On the other hand, his mother rushes through life not stopping to enjoy the little things. One day while walking through the train station with his mom, Dylan heard a beautiful sound. It was the sound of a man playing a violin. His mother did not want to stop and listen to the music. When Dylan and his mom came home he heard the man with the violin playing on the radio. The radio announced that this was a famous violinist that was playing out in the train station but no one was paying attention.
  violetkulch | Nov 29, 2016 |
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  harriscountypl | Aug 15, 2016 |
Dylan notices everything, while his mom is always busy rushing from one place to the next. One day on their way to the subway, Dylan hears the most wonderful music being played by an ordinary man on a violin. Dylan tries to get his mom to stop, only to be pulled down to the subway. Later that day they discover that they missed the opportunity to stop and see one of the world's best violin players.
  tbeard76 | Jul 11, 2016 |
This gentle book is a joy to share with a child. This told from the point of view of Dylan, a little boy who notices things. As his mother hurries him through the subway, Dylan pauses to hear a musician playing a violin. The author, Kathy Stinson, explains beautifully how the music affects the child. The illustrator, Dušan Petričić, uses color and black-and-white illustration to vividly illustrate this charming book.

Dylan’s mother, like most people in the city, does not stop to listen. What makes this book so interesting is that it is based on a true event. Joshua Bell, one of the best violinists in the world, took his priceless Stradivarius violin to a Washington station and played for passerbys. The adults hurried past while many children strained to listen.

In the back of the book, the event is explained in detail. It will give most adults pause to realize that they may have lost the curiosity and appreciation that children have for music. While this book will open interesting dialogue between an adult and child aged 6 to 10, even younger children will enjoy it. The first time I tried to read it to my 2 1/2-year-old granddaughter, she lost interest. I tried again a few days later, and she listened to the very end. The next day she requested book.

It added to her enjoyment when I played (on CD) some of the music Joshua Bell might have played. ( )
  Bonnie_Ferrante | Jul 10, 2016 |
Winner of the 2014 TD Children’s Literature Award.

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 beautiful music that fills the air as crowds of oblivious people hurry past.

This gorgeous picture book is based on the true story of Joshua Bell, a world-renowned classical 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, most of them children.
  juliechristian | Jun 27, 2016 |
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Petricic, DusanIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bell, JoshuaPostscriptsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To all my musical grandchildren and especially Peter, who even more than the others helps us pay attention to what we might otherwise miss.
---K.S.
For Lara and Rastko.
---D.P.
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Dylan was someone who noticed things. His mom was someone who didn't.
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When Dylan hears someone playing their violin in the subway he wants to stop and listen, but his mother and other commuters ignore the violinist completely.

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