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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
Learning new skills takes a lot of patience and practice. Often, all your efforts seem to be in vain, and you may think there is no improvement. In these circumstances, it is easy to feel frustrated like the young protagonist in My Violin is Not Broken? A Story of Passion, Perseverance, and Grit by Evelyn Grundy. This delightful book tells the tale of a five-year-old girl who sees another girl playing the violin on one side of the farmers' market and decides that she wants to learn that instrument too. After trying to make a violin herself, she receives a real violin as a gift from her parents. She immediately tries to play it, but the sound is awful, and she thinks her violin is broken. Will the little girl have the patience to practice enough to make her violin sing?
My Violin is Not Broken? tells a story that young readers will find easy to understand and love. Above all, it will give them hope and confidence in their abilities. Evelyn Grundy has given us a young protagonist who is like any kid starting something new, such as learning to play an instrument. I am sure that everybody experiences disappointment during practice, but our heroine also teaches them that their efforts always pay off, especially if they are committed to what they do. I highly recommend this book to all young readers who sometimes feel that their efforts are fruitless. It will show them that persistence can (and will) work wonders.