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A Boy Who Loved the Violin

Tracy Newman Abigail Halpin



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Abrams Books for Young Readers
12 May 2020
This picture-book biography of violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman will inspire young readers to follow the melody within themselves Before becoming one of the greatest violinists of all time, Itzhak Perlman was simply a boy who loved music. Raised by a poor immigrant family in a tiny Tel Aviv apartment, baby Itzhak was transformed by the sounds from his family's kitchen radio-graceful classical symphonies, lively klezmer tunes, and soulful cantorial chants. The rich melodies and vibrant rhythms spoke to him like magic, filling his mind with vivid rainbows of color. After begging his parents for an instrument, Itzhak threw his heart and soul into playing the violin. Despite enormous obstacles-including a near-fatal bout of polio that left him crippled for life-Itzhak persevered, honing his extraordinary gift. When he performed on the Ed Sullivan Show sat only 13, audiences around the world were mesmerized by the warmth, joy, and passion in every note. Gorgeously illustrated with extensive back matter, this picture-book biography recounts Itzhak's childhood journey-from a boy with a dream to an internationally acclaimed violin virtuoso.
By:   Tracy Newman
Illustrated by:   Abigail Halpin
Imprint:   Abrams Books for Young Readers
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 286mm,  Width: 239mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   520g
ISBN:   9781419741104
ISBN 10:   1419741101
Pages:   40
Publication Date:   12 May 2020
Recommended Age:   From 4 to 8 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Tracy Newman is the author of many books for young readers, including the . . . Is Coming series. She lives in coastal New England. Abigail Halpin is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including Finding Wild and Mama's Belly. She lives in Maine.

Reviews for Itzhak: A Boy Who Loved the Violin

An eye-catching tale of music and perseverance. -- Kirkus

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