A Boy Who Loved the Violin -
The Story of Young Itzhak Perlman
Abrams Books for Young Readers
A True Tale with
A Cherry On Top
A uthor: Tracy Newman
and illustrator: Abigail Halpin C haracter: Itzhak Perlman
"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 near-fatal bout of polio that left him crippled for life—Itzhak persevered, honing his extraordinary gift. When he performed on the Ed Sullivan Show at only 13, audiences around the world were mesmerized by the warmth, joy, and passion in every note."
T antalizing taste:
"When Itzhak listened to music, a vivid rainbow of colors appeared in his mind - hues from dark green to red to yellow. Music brought Itzhak intense joy. And tears. Itzhak loved it.
By three, Itzhak knew - he wanted more. He had to make music. Young Itzhak had already chosen the instrument whose magical sound he loved best. He begged his parents for a violin.
But for an immigrant family whose dinner was often a piece of watermelon and some bread, musical instruments were a luxury."
And something more: In her Author's Note, Tracy Newman writes: "Performing in music halls that lacked ramps or elevators was a frequent challenge. Itzhak admitted, 'It's like they're telling you, 'Here are our stairs, and you're not welcome here.'' Still Itzhak remained determined to demonstrate that he was capable of being a professional musician... He is dedicated to improving access to public buildings, including hotels, airports, and concert hall. 'It's not a hobby that I happen to do when I'm not playing violin... It's part of what my life is about.'"