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Passing the Music Down

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Passing the Music Down
Written by Sarah Sullivan
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9780763637538
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Passing the Music Down

author: Sarah Sullivan
illustrator: Barry Root

A young boy travels to the hills of Appalachia to meet the old-time fiddle player whose music he has admired, and so sparks a friendship that will forge a bond between generations. The boy develops under the manís care and instruction, just as seedlings grow with spring rain and summer sun. From playing on the front porch to performing at folk festivals, the two carry on the tradition of passing the music down. This touching, lyrical story, inspired by the lives of renowned fiddlers Melvin Wine and Jake Krack, includes an authorís note and suggested resources for learning about the musicians and the music they love.

A warmhearted ode to an American musical tradition and to generational ties, told in lyrical free verse with atmospheric illustrations.
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Picture Books / Hardback
age range:
5 yrs - 8 yrs
# of pages/size:
32 / 10 1/4" x 9 13/16"
grade range:
Kindergarten - Grade 3
Latin America; Social Themes; Performing Arts;
author’s comments:
Sarah Sullivan, the author of Dear Baby: Letters from Your Big Brother, is a recipient of an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College. She lives in West Virginia, where old-time fiddlers play throughout the seasons.
illustrator’s comments:
Barry Root has illustrated many books, including Paul Fleischmanís The Birthday Tree and Ted Kooserís Bag in the Wind. He lives in Pennsylvania.
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