We finally have this extraordinary picture book in our collection! The tale is simple: a boy goes on errands with his mother, and then takes the train home. Dylan, the boy, can't get his mom to listen to the man playing violin in the station. The underlying message is so powerful! Stop! Look! Listen! to the beauty in the world around us.
Based on a true incident, Joshua Bell took his priceless Stradivarius violin to a Washington, D.C. train station as part of an experiment to see what would happen if one of the world's best violinists performed there dressed like an ordinary street musician. To hear the beautiful music that Joshua Bell plays listen at this link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM21gPmkDpI
The author and the illustrator have managed to create a seamless, visually beautiful book. As Dylan notices things we see this in color. The mom's world is illustrated in black and white. To read and hear more from the artist and the illustrator go to this video link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4H4ViR4EKI
My students call me "Lori the Librarian." For the past 25 years I have had the best job as School Librarian in the Aaron Kushner Library for grades K-3 at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston.