Itzhak: A Boy Who Loved the Violin : A Boy Who Loved the Violin
A Boy Who Loved the Violin
Tracy Newman, illustrated by Abigail Halpin
This picturebook biography of violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman will inspire young readers to follow the melody within themselves Before becoming one of the greatest violinists of all time, Itzhak Perlman was simply a boy who loved music. Raised by a poor immigrant family in a tiny Tel Aviv apartment, baby Itzhak was transformed by the sounds from his family's kitchen radio - graceful classical symphonies, lively klezmer tunes, and soulful cantorial chants. The rich melodies and vibrant rhythms spoke to him like magic, filling his mind with vivid rainbows of color. After begging his parents for an instrument, Itzhak threw his heart and soul into playing the violin. Despite enormous obstacles - including a nearfatal bout of polio that left him crippled for life - Itzhak persevered, honing his extraordinary gift. When he performed on the Ed Sullivan Show sat only 13, audiences around the world were mesmerized by the warmth, joy, and passion in every note. Gorgeously illustrated with extensive back matter, this picturebook biography recounts Itzhak's childhood journey - from a boy with a dream to an internationally acclaimed violin virtuoso.
Tracy Newman is the author of many picture books for young readers, including the . . . Is Coming series. This is her debut picturebook biography. She lives with her family in coastal New England. Find her online at tracynewmanbooks.com Abigail Halpin is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including Finding Wild and Abrams's Mama's Belly. She lives in Maine. Find her online at theodesign.com or on Instagram at @abigailhalpin.