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Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite
A family of stringed instruments loves nothing more than playing music together. Their different shapes and sizes add beautiful highs and lows to their tunes, forming smooth melodies. While they are playing together on a windy day, a storm blows over the stands and sends people back to their cars. With all the commotion going on, Violet falls to the ground and is hurt. Her family takes her to their doctor, a luthier named Paul. They soon learn that Violet is injured worse than they had realized, and she won't be able to go home right away. Will the luthier be able to help Violet? Will she ever be able to sing and play again, or is she permanently out of the quintet? Find out in The Violin Family, written by Melissa Perley and illustrated by Fiona Lee MacLean.
The Violin Family is a musical children’s story by Melissa Perley about a family of stringed instruments ranging from bass to cello violin, a full-sized violin, and a couple of smaller violas. The characters are a loving family that plays music together until tragedy strikes, sending Violet to the doctor. The beautiful illustrations by Fiona Lee MacLean will keep kids entertained and interested in the story as they read about the problems the instruments face. I love how this story shows a family's bond while they’re together and apart for any length of time. I also enjoyed the pages after the story that educate us about stringed instruments. I recommend it to anyone with children who love music. I hope that Perley has many more stories like this one that will educate and entertain kids with music appreciation.