Girl Draws On Talent and Courage
To Triumph as a Violinist
young girl learns and teaches valuable lessons on
the road to triumph as a violinist in a new illustrated childrens
book, Molly and the Sword.
The book leads readers to Mollys big opportunity. She is about
to play her violin in a famous concert hall. But shes nervous
so nervous that shes afraid to go on stage.
Years earlier, when she was very young, she had shown great courage.
At a dangerous time, she had gone in search of water for her family.
Back then, an officer in an enemy army had saved her from harm.
Now, at the concert hall, the officer suddenly reappears. Who is
he? And can he help Molly regain her courage?
While answering those questions, the book also looks at broader
issues: How does courage really show itself? and, can enemies become
Although the book should appeal to children as young as 6, its story
is likely to resonate with older children 8 and 9 up to about
12. Even the dramatic 14 full-page illustrations and clean layout
will draw in those older readers who might normally rebel against
story is simply told but filled with subtleties that children
will appreciate on different levels as they grow older. One example
is the way her mothers beautiful singing at the start of
the book is mirrored by the beautiful sound of Mollys violin
near the end, at the concert hall. Another example is the way
a music teacher who doesnt want girl students (the story
takes place in the nineteenth century) becomes Mollys advocate.
Music teachers will appreciate one point in particular: Theres
no magic wand, rather its practice that enables Molly
to perfect her skill. At the same time, the book does highlight
the magic of music.
by 11; 32-pages, illustrated, unpaged; trade edition: hard cover
with jacket; price: U.S.: $15.95; first printing; ISBN # 0-9745077-4-1
(ISBN-13: 9780974507743); Library of Congress Control Number:
2003112249; publication: spring 2004.