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The Man with the Violin

The Man with the Violin

By Kathy Stinson
Illustrated by Dusan Petricic
Categories: Children's Fiction
Themes: music
Interest Age: 5–8
Grade: 5–8
Reading Level:
Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature:

Reading Level: Lexile AD620L
Hardcover : 9781554515653, 36 pages, September 2013 , 8.30" x 10.31"
Paperback : 9781554515646, 32 pages, March 2016 , 8" x 10"
Rights sold: Korean, English, Serbian, Slovenian, Turkish, French, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Portuguese, Italian


Winner of the 2014 TD Children's Literature Award

Now in paperback! Dylan is someone who notices things. His mom is someone who doesn't. So try as he might, Dylan can't get his mom to listen to the man playing the violin in the subway station. But Dylan is swept away by the beautiful music that fills the air as crowds of oblivious people hurry past. This gorgeous picture book is based on the true story of Joshua Bell, a world-renowned classical violinist who famously took his instrument down into the Washington D. C. subway for a free concert. More than a thousand commuters rushed by him, but only seven stopped to listen, most of them children. Kathy Stinson's vividly imagined text combined with Duan Petričić's illustrations that pulse with energy and movement, expertly demonstrate the transformative power of music. With an afterword by Joshua Bell.


  • Winner, National Parenting Publications Award 2014
  • Winner, 2014 Storytelling World Honor Book 2014
  • Winner, Digital Book Award 2014


“Celebrates children’s value systems, which privilege creativity over rigidly time-bound schedules. ” —The Conversation, 08/20/17

- The Conversation