A Violin for Elva by Mary Lyn RayA Violin for Elva by Mary Lyn Ray

A Violin for Elva

byMary Lyn RayIllustratorTricia Tusa

Hardcover | January 27, 2015

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A young girl longs to play the violin in this lyrical story that shows it's never too late to pursue your dream.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 . . .
Mary Lyn Ray has written many acclaimed books for children, including Go to Sleep, Little Farm, illustrated by Tricia Tusa; New York Times best-seller Stars, illustrated by Marla Frazee; Pumpkins, illustrated by Barry Root; and Red Rubber Boot Day and Mud, both illustrated by Lauren Stringer. She lives in South Danbury, New Hampshi...
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Title:A Violin for ElvaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 10 × 7.5 × 0.37 inPublished:January 27, 2015Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0152254838

ISBN - 13:9780152254834

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An endearing tale of ambition fulfilled." -Booklist "Tusa's illustrations are cheery and absolutely full of life: Readers can almost hear the music Elva does." -Kirkus "Quiet humor? provides a tender accompaniment to this meditation on fulfilling one's dreams." -Publishers Weekly "This charming book artfully and evocatively explores the joy that comes from following your dreams." -School Library Journal "The lessons of persistence and the importance of pursuing one's dreams are communicated in a pleasantly realistic and non-preachy way (Elva needs lessons and practice to play, for instance), and many kids will find the ending satisfying. The text's gentle momentum and understated lyricism make it a fine choice for a readaloud selection." -Bulletin "