Molly and the Sword

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Jane & Street Publishers, Apr 1, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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A courageous young girl learns -- and teaches-- valuable lessons of the road to triumph s a violinist. Although the book should appeal to children as young as 6, its story is likely resonate with older children -- 7, 8 and 9, up to 12. Even the dramatic 14 full-page illustrations and clean layout will draw in those older readers who might normally rebel against "children's" books.

The story is simply told but filled with subtleties that children will appreciate on different levels as they grow older. One example is the way her mother's beautiful singing at the start of the book is mirrored by the beautiful sound of Molly's violin near the end.

Parents (and music teachers) will appreciate one point in particular: there's no magic wand, rather it's "practice" that enables Molly to perfect her skill. At the same time, the book does highlight the magic of music.


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About the author (2004)

The author, Robert Shlasko is a writer and editor whose work has taken him on assignments from Sweden to Samoa.  In addition, his fiction and nonfiction stories have appeared in leading children's magazines.

(The book has a musical theme) Although Robert has not mastered a musical instrument(thus far!), others in his family play the violin, the cello, the piano and the banjo.  The author enjoys listening to them all.