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  • Posted November 15, 2013

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    Music is an art form that traditionally is shared with the young

    Music is an art form that traditionally is shared with the young by older musicians - classroom music teachers, choir leaders, individual instrument instructors, parents, relatives, etc. Then when the child exhibits a true talent, more intense training is begun. But it is still something that is passed along. It is shared. It is taught. The fervor is shared and contagious.

    In Passing the Music Down, the author has recorded in beautifully expressive lyrical language the true story of Melvin Wine, aged Appalachian fiddler, and young Jake Krack who greatly desires to play the fiddler just like Mr. Wine. So Jake's parents take the boy to hear the fiddler and to play for the aged fiddler. Then the fiddler invites the boy to come visit and learn from him.

    They visit and finally they move nearby. The boy spends much time around the fiddler's homeplace helping with daily chores and then they relax in the evening on the porch and play their fiddles.

    This beautifully illustrated book takes you to the hills of West Virginia shrouded in mist resplendent in beauty. You see the age and gentleness of the old fiddler and the hope and desire of the young boy. You see the comfort of a warm fire and the joy of the moment. 

    Their lives are stitched together
    in a quilt of old-time tunes.
    Passing the music down.

    This is a lovely book that should be in the collection of every elementary school and public library.

    DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of the book was provided by Candlewick for the purpose of this review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. No compensation was received for this review. 

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Excellent Book!

    This is a great book with perfect depiction of Appalachia. Loved it! The true story is great and the illustrator's art perfectly matches the story.

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