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The Dance of the Violin

The Dance of the Violin”

From the time he was very young, Joshua Bell loved music.

He hears stories in songs and envisions them in his head as he plays his violin.

Joshua begs to compete at a competition for more experienced musicians.

He chooses a piece of music, which his teacher suggests is too difficult, but Joshua is determined. At the competition, Joshua begins to play, and almost immediately, he makes a mistake, then another and another.

He stops playing. As he is about to walk off the stage, he asks the judges if he could try again. They agree. This time, instead of focusing on playing perfectly, Joshua envisions the song story in his head and plays seamlessly.

Based on a true story, at age twelve, Joshua Bell competed and placed third at Stulberg International String Competition in Kalamazoo, his first competition. He was one of the youngest musicians there. The next year he placed first.

This book promotes traits of a creative person, originality, passionate, perseverance, and creative talent.

TITLE: The Dance of the Violin

AUTHOR: Kathy Stinson

ILLUSTRATOR: Dušan Petričić

PUBLISHER: Annick Press Ltd., 2017

AGE GROUP: 6-9

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, originality, passionate, creative talent, perseverance

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) How do you learn from making a mistake? How might you inspire others to learn from their mistakes?

2) What is something that you love doing? How might you share your interest with others?

3) Listen to this clip of Joshua Bell’s violin playing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C-ukopBX6g

Imagine you are the conductor. How would you move your body to conduct Joshua Bell? 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Kathy Stinson, visit:

https://kathystinson.com/about-kathy-stinson/biography/

To learn more about illustrator Dušan Petričić, visit:

http://www.annickpress.com/author/Duan-Petrii

To learn more about Joshua Bell, visit:

http://joshuabell.com

Creative Thinking Prompt: Paper Pop-up Artist Peter Dahmen

Creative Thinking Prompt: Paper Pop-up Artist Peter Dahmen

What can you do with paper? Peter Dahmen designs and creates extraordinary pop-up sculptures and cards.

Spectacular Paper Pop-up Sculptures Designed by Peter Dahmen

Watch this video to make a pop up tree card.

Create a pop-up card of your own design.

EXTENDED LEARNING:

To learn more about Paper Artist Peter Dahem, visit: https://peterdahmen.de

 

Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci

Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci”

Through observing nature, people, and the world around him, Leonardo da Vinci was inspired to design inventions. Although he never saw his inventions created, he was a thinker before his time.

This book compares Leo’s design inventions from over 500 years ago to modern day inventions like the two level truss bridge, the parachute, and contact lenses.

This book promotes creative person, invention, and curiosity.

TITLE: Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci

AUTHOR: Gene Barretta

ILLUSTRATOR: Gene Barretta

PUBLISHER: Henry Holt and Company, 2009

AGE GROUP: 6-9

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, invention, curiosity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Try to replicate one of Da Vinci’s designs using materials you find around your home.

2) Try out Da Vinci’s parachute design using a triangle shape for the parachute.

3) Redesign a glider. Make a list of the things that you would like your glider to do. Try out several of your designs to see which ones can do the actions from your list.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Gene Barretta, visit:

http://www.genebarretta.com/about/