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The Dance of the Violin

by (author) Kathy Stinson

illustrated by Dusan Petricic

Publisher
Annick Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2017
Category
Music, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, General
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781554519002
    Publish Date
    Mar 2017
    List Price
    $19.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554519019
    Publish Date
    May 2018
    List Price
    $5.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781554518999
    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
    List Price
    $12.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
  • Reading age: 4 to 7

Description

Even Joshua Bell makes mistakes, but there is always a second chance. 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 the judges if could try again. They agree, and this time, the playing is impeccable. Duan Petricic’s 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 there is always a second chance.

About the authors

Kathy Stinson is a familiar name in children’s literature. She wrote the award-winning Red is Best and Big or Little?—two of the first picture books for preschoolers in Canada. Both were a huge success and have since achieved international acclaim. Red is Best 25th Anniversary Edition was released in 2006 a newly illustrated Big or Little? was published in 2009. Kathy’s latest book, The Man with the Violin (2013), was greeted with rave reviews, including starred reviews in Kirkus and uill & uire. Illustrated by Duan Petricic, this beautifully evocative picture book tells the true story of world-renowned violinist, Joshua Bell, who conducted an experiment by anonymously playing his priceless violin in the Washington D.C. subway station. Kathy grew up in Toronto. “My love affair with books began as a child,” she says. “I remember regular visits to the library, getting stacks of books to read.” She still has a notebook of stories that she wrote when she was in grade four. She believes that reading a lot is the key to becoming a good writer. In the early 1970s Kathy attended university while teaching elementary school. In 1981, she took a course called “How to write and get published.” The titles she has published in the years since range from picture books to young adult novels, from historical fiction chapter books to short stories in the horror genre. 2008 sees the publication of her first brand-new picture book in sixteen years! Kathy enjoys visiting schools across Canada, and especially talking with fellow writers. In 1987 she traveled to England as part of an exchange of Canadian and British children’s authors. She has helped students across Canada pursue their own creative projects through the Writers in Electronic Residence program, and in many communities has conducted writing workshops for children and for adults. When she’s not busy writing or reading, Kathy is a self-proclaimed jigsaw puzzle addict. Her children now grown, she lives with her partner, editor Peter Carver, in a hamlet not far from Guelph, Ontario.

Kathy Stinson's profile page

Duan Petricic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, but loved to pretend that he grew up in Zemun, an old city located just across the river (and now a part of Belgrade). As a boy he did all the forbidden things that children do, but what Duan loved most was to draw. He started drawing at age four and, encouraged by his parents, he never stopped. He found inspiration in everything, and drawing became a way to communicate with the people around him. Two books that were very important to his childhood were an old encyclopedia with lots of pictures and The Boys from Pavel’s Street by Ferenc Molnár. Early on, he was moved by the drawings found within the encyclopedia. As he grew older, he adored many artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, Dürer, and Picasso. Duan has been illustrating children’s books for many years. He has received numerous honors and awards for his work, in North America and internationally, including an IBBY Certificate of Honour and an Alberta Book Award for On Tumbledown Hill (Red Deer Press). The Longitude Prize (FSG) was selected as a Robert F. Siebert Honor Book for a Distinguished Informative Book for Children in the US. His beautiful, evocative illustrations for Mattland (2009) by Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert garnered Duan the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award from the Canadian Library Association as well as the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. His illustrations for Better Together (2011) by Sheryl and Simon Shapiro were described as “sublime” by Kirkus Reviews. When it came time to reissue Robert Munsch’s Mud Puddle (2012), Duan was Annick’s first choice to reillustrate the classic. The results are a fresh and energetic look that will delight a whole new generation of young Munsch fans. Duan’s latest book, The Man with the Violin (2013), was greeted with rave reviews, including starred reviews in Kirkus and uill & uire. Written by Kathy Stinson, this beautifully evocative picture book tells the true story of world-renowned violinist, Joshua Bell, who conducted an experiment by anonymously playing his priceless violin in the Washington D.C. subway station. Luckily for Duan, his profession is his favorite hobby and he is happy when at work. To young artists he would give this advice: “Think, think, think, think, draw!” Duan lives in Toronto where he is a regular contributor as an editorial cartoonist in the Toronto Star.

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Awards

  • Joint winner, Top 10 Recommended Reads, TD Summer Reading Club
  • Short-listed, Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist

Editorial Reviews

This book is the follow up to Kathy Stinson and Dusan Petricic’s multi-award–winning Man with the Violin. Among the more than 20 honors and awards that book received are: TD Children’s Book of the Year National Parenting Publications Award Best Book List, Kirkus Reviews White Ravens Collection, International Youth Library, Munich 100 Best Canadian Kids’ Books, Today’s Parent Magazine

“A picture book to remember.” 

Canadian Children’s Book News, Spring/17

“Should give heart to any child trying to master an art.”

New Jersey Online, 05/10/17

“A joyful reminder that perseverance pays off.”

Kirkus Reviews, 01/15/17

“A joyous story about music and persistence.” 

Youth Services Book Review, 11/12/19

“An original picture book.”

Booklist, 03/10/17

“A picture book that hits all the right notes.”

National Reading Campaign, 06/27/17

“Magical realism is at its best in this delightful picture book . . . An excellent addition to most collections.”

School Library Journal, 04/17

“[Petricic’s] deft illustrations . . . lift the story far beyond the text and make the reader appreciate the impact of art.” 

Quill & Quire, 01/17

“Readers feel the joy that music brings to this young boy, and envision it through the mixed media artwork so brilliantly created by an accomplished artist.”

Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 07/30/17

“Children will readily empathize with Joshua's misstep, but they will also learn the value of being given a second chance.” 

Music & Vision, 04/27/17

“Delightful illustrations, and a story with a great message about perseverance.” 

Violinist, 12/01/17

“Petricic once again uses bright swoops and streaks of color to visualize the sensory joy that music can elicit as Stinson’s direct writing underscores the rewards of dedication to one’s art.”

Publishers Weekly, 02/20/17

“Children will readily empathize with Joshua’s misstep, but they will also learn the value of being given a second chance.” 

National Federation of Music Clubs Magazine, Autumn/17

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