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A Violin for Elva

More than anything, Elva wants a violin — but her parents say no. So she pretends. When she should be brushing her teeth, Elva rehearses for recitals. When she should be learning subtraction or going to sleep, she imagines playing all the music in the world. The years pass, but Elva never forgets her childhood wish, and so one day she takes a deep breath and follows her heart...

This subtly funny and touching story speaks to the joy of finally getting to pursue a long-held dream. Kids will ache when Elva is denied her instrument, cheer when she finally gets her own, and giggle at seeing a grey-haired adult in a recital full of children. Lyrical and poignant, this story shows it's never too late to pursue your dream.

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"Ray’s story is not a fairy tale — Elva never masters the instrument — but Tusa’s (Marlene, Marlene, Queen of Mean) image of the earnest woman standing amid much smaller child students at their first recital has a deep sweetness. Quiet humor (Elva’s dog lying belly-up on the floor, defeated by his mistress’s terrible intonation) provides a tender accompaniment to this meditation on fulfilling one’s dreams." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Mary Lyn Ray
Illustrator Tricia Tusa
ISBN 9780152254834
Publication Date Jan 27, 2015
Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers
Language English