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Book Review: Dance of the Violin by Kathy Stinson


This book was reviewed via Netgalley


Dance of the Violin tells the story of young Joshua Bell, how he began learning the violin, and his first competition performance. This is a little tale of persistence, patience, and above all, a joyful love of playing the violin. Young Joshua is excited at the prospect of participating in an upcoming competition. He chooses an ambitious piece to learn, for a violinist so young. This piece is Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, a piece difficult to master at any age. But Joshua was determined. There was a story to this music and he wanted to release it! Will all of his work pay off when the big day comes? Will he be able to share the story he sees in the music with others?


This is a book for younger readers, though quite enjoyable for adults too. The artwork is amazing. I love how we get to see the story in the music that Joshua sees. At the end is a small Q & A section about Bell, and that first competition so many years ago. That section got me interested in the violinist, and now we are going to see him in June, in San Francisco!


Dance of the Violin is a testament to doing what brings you joy, and to the value of dedication to your craft, be it music, dance, performance, storyweaving, or anything in between.
🎻🎻🎻🎻🎻 Highly recommended

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