There's nothing Violet loves more than music, and she plays or sings every chance she gets. But where are the other kids like her-kids who think and dream music all day long? As a baby, in kindergarten, at the beach and the zoo, she never gives up looking for companions. And then one summer day...
Bright, lively, and lyrical, this is a book for kids who march to a different drummer. Violet's Music sings to us that the right friend is always out there-as long as we keep looking and hoping, and above all, staying true to ourselves.
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||9.00(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.37(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Angela Johnson’s previous picture books include the Coretta Scott King Honor Book When I Am Old With You and the ALA Notable Book Julius.
Laura Huliska-Beith received a Marion Vannett Ridgway Honor for The Book of Bad Ideas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Violet's been a musician since she was born, making instruments and tooting her horn since she was 2, and looking for other kids to play music with the whole time. This is a wonderful, energetic story about being different and not feeling bad about it, not for a second. Johnson's story weaves beautifully with Laura Huliska-Beith's illustrations (collage, acrylic, and fabric). Full of rich textures and sweeping contours, readers are ushered into Violet's world in the city where she lives with her family. Johnson's story emphasizes that you can have fun all on your own if no one wants to play how you play, and leaves the door open for Violet-- she's never dejected, just keeps on playing her own tune. The characters aren't very developed, but as the story is really only about one aspect of one character, it's no detriment. Great for a classroom or school/public library storytime with a tag-along music activity. A good companion with Diane Stanley's "Goldie". K-2.
Violet has loved to play music since she was born and could never find anyone who shared her passion, until she was older and found several people who loved music as much as her. They all got together and created a band and found out they had been looking for each other their whole lives. This story is good to use to show students that being different from others of having different interests from each other is good and that is makes them an individual. They shouldn't feel left out, because one day someone else who shares their interest will find them.