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There's nothing Violet loves more than music, and she plays or sings every chance she gets.  But where are the other kids like her-kids who think and dream music all day long?  As a baby, in kindergarten, at the beach and the zoo, she never gives up looking for companions.  And then one summer day... Bright, lively, and lyrical, this is a book for kids who march to a diffe There's nothing Violet loves more than music, and she plays or sings every chance she gets.  But where are the other kids like her-kids who think and dream music all day long?  As a baby, in kindergarten, at the beach and the zoo, she never gives up looking for companions.  And then one summer day... Bright, lively, and lyrical, this is a book for kids who march to a different drummer.  Violet's Music sings to us that the right friend is always out there-as long as we keep looking and hoping, and above all, staying true to ourselves.


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There's nothing Violet loves more than music, and she plays or sings every chance she gets.  But where are the other kids like her-kids who think and dream music all day long?  As a baby, in kindergarten, at the beach and the zoo, she never gives up looking for companions.  And then one summer day... Bright, lively, and lyrical, this is a book for kids who march to a diffe There's nothing Violet loves more than music, and she plays or sings every chance she gets.  But where are the other kids like her-kids who think and dream music all day long?  As a baby, in kindergarten, at the beach and the zoo, she never gives up looking for companions.  And then one summer day... Bright, lively, and lyrical, this is a book for kids who march to a different drummer.  Violet's Music sings to us that the right friend is always out there-as long as we keep looking and hoping, and above all, staying true to ourselves.

30 review for Violet's Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alexa Morales

    This children’s book is about girl named Violet who was musically inclined since she was just a few hours old. As a baby, she was able to create music by simply shaking a rattle. She searched for other babies to create music with her, but none of them could play along. So she played the rattle all by herself. As a toddler, she created music with materials that her aunt gifted her for her birthday. She tried and tried to get her family to play music along with her, but they could not. Once again This children’s book is about girl named Violet who was musically inclined since she was just a few hours old. As a baby, she was able to create music by simply shaking a rattle. She searched for other babies to create music with her, but none of them could play along. So she played the rattle all by herself. As a toddler, she created music with materials that her aunt gifted her for her birthday. She tried and tried to get her family to play music along with her, but they could not. Once again, she played music all by herself. When Violet entered Kindergarten, she wondered if other kids enjoyed music as much as she did. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Throughout the years, she created music everywhere she went, and hoped to find someone who would join her. With no luck, she never found that person. Until one summer day. On one summer day, Violet was playing the guitar at the park. Suddenly, she heard other artist making music as well. She heard a drum player, a saxophone player, and a singer. All of them always looked for someone like them everywhere they went, until they unexpectedly found each other one summer day at the park.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Luisa Knight

    A cute little story about a girl that breathes music ... and finds others that love it just as much! Ages: 4 - 6 **Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website: The Book Radar. A cute little story about a girl that breathes music ... and finds others that love it just as much! Ages: 4 - 6 **Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website: The Book Radar.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    From the time she was little, Violet loved music and making music. She searched for those like her everywhere - the nursery, the beach, school. Readers see her continue to believe they were out there and to not give up. Finally, she finds others who love making music as much as she does and they join together to form a band. Readers see her grow up and keep following her dream. Perfect to talk about perseverance and passions.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julia Tetreault

    Title : Violet's Music Author: Angela Johnson Illustrator : Laura Huliska-Beith Genre: Music and Movement Theme(s): instruments Opening line/sentence : When Violet was a baby, just a few hours old. Brief Book Summary : This is a story about a young girl, who loved to play music every since she was a baby. She would find anything that made noise, she would constantly make music out of everything she found. Response to Two Professional Reviews : A Kirkus reviewer wrote, that the joy children have when th Title : Violet's Music Author: Angela Johnson Illustrator : Laura Huliska-Beith Genre: Music and Movement Theme(s): instruments Opening line/sentence : When Violet was a baby, just a few hours old. Brief Book Summary : This is a story about a young girl, who loved to play music every since she was a baby. She would find anything that made noise, she would constantly make music out of everything she found. Response to Two Professional Reviews : A Kirkus reviewer wrote, that the joy children have when they make music. That this is a great way to introduce, because there is not many books like this that express the joy and fun children have making music with noise. From publisher weekly, it was expressed from their delight of the book. That it is important for children to find themselves in the music they make. Tell Me Framework (4 sentences in your own words): Like(s): Fun, creative way to interact with children Dislike(s): none Patterns(s): Music ever since she was a baby and growing up still loving music and making music. Puzzle(s): none Consideration of Instructional Application : Great way to introduce music by rattling noisy toys. Helps children creatively, to understand that you can make music, even if its not an instrument. You would a great way to introduce a circle time with props for the children to shake to a song.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Madison Roark

    This book for me can be read in second or third grade because it teaches the lesson that everyone likes different things and just because people like different things doesn’t mean that you should stop liking your thing because you will find your people and maybe the thing you love will help you find them and in this case it was music. The activity that I would do for this book would be: I would have the kids get a piece of paper and have each of them draw what they dream of doing and write a par This book for me can be read in second or third grade because it teaches the lesson that everyone likes different things and just because people like different things doesn’t mean that you should stop liking your thing because you will find your people and maybe the thing you love will help you find them and in this case it was music. The activity that I would do for this book would be: I would have the kids get a piece of paper and have each of them draw what they dream of doing and write a paragraph about why they love doing that thing and include how it makes them feel, how they do it, do they know others that like to do that activity, and so on. This would help my second/beginning third graders get practice with writing a paragraph. For a music concept I would have the kids bring their pencils to carpet time and just like Violet does we would make an instrument out of our pencil, then split the kids up into groups, let each group make their own song, and then I would have each group come up and perform their song in front of the class!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    I think the older kids and parents at storytime "got" the message of the story more than the preschoolers did. The idea of eventually meeting folk like you sinks in better when you've been places where you didn't fit, and that just takes a few more years on the planet. Still, the little guys could understand the idea of sticking with something you love. Plus, sound effects and musical instrument opportunities always make for a fun storytime! I liked the pictures, very bright and playful. Enjoyed I think the older kids and parents at storytime "got" the message of the story more than the preschoolers did. The idea of eventually meeting folk like you sinks in better when you've been places where you didn't fit, and that just takes a few more years on the planet. Still, the little guys could understand the idea of sticking with something you love. Plus, sound effects and musical instrument opportunities always make for a fun storytime! I liked the pictures, very bright and playful. Enjoyed the multicultural aspect to the story too. Will be pulling this one out for storytimes again in the future.

  7. 4 out of 5

    DeCarla Thompson

    Fiction Grades 2-6 This book makes me think that some gifts people are born with. And I truly believe this. Some people at the youngest age that they can remember have had gifts. And in some case we look for people to share our gifts with. Sometimes it might take a while and sometimes you can get discouraged. But you cannot quit because it is your calling. And you will eventually find others who share the same things that you love

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Inman

    This book is a very interesting book about music. I like how Violet makes instruments out of things she finds laying around. This reminds me of elementary school when we had cardboard mandolins that we would play with. I would say this book is a sliding glass door because my younger brother can pick up anything and make music out of it. Overall, this book was a very cute book to be read to in music class.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jenese Wilson

    This book was interesting because its about a little girl who's looking for other people who loves music as much as she does. She was looking everywhere for a band of friends to play with when she found out they were looking too. Its a nice short story about finding friends with the same likes and interests. This book was interesting because its about a little girl who's looking for other people who loves music as much as she does. She was looking everywhere for a band of friends to play with when she found out they were looking too. Its a nice short story about finding friends with the same likes and interests.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Aolund

    Cute, straightforward story about a musical child who longs to find other kids like her who love to play music all day. Violet and her family have brown skin, and people of various skin tones and hair styles are depicted throughout the book. Onomatopoeic words scattered throughout the book. Themes: Music; Heroines Age range: 4-8

  11. 4 out of 5

    Correna Dillon

    It is a lovely book with bright vibrant illustrations about a girl named Violet who loves music and wants to find friends with a similar melodic inclination. This is portrayed as a struggle for her. While she waits to find friends to bond with, she makes instruments at home with her aunt. The book ends with her meeting a multicultural group of friends who play music together in the park.

  12. 5 out of 5

    N

    What a great story about finding your people. In our small town, there are so many kids who suffer because they think they're weird because no one else is like them. Then they go to college and they find friends. This book is an awesome reminder. I would totally read it to my high schoolers. What a great story about finding your people. In our small town, there are so many kids who suffer because they think they're weird because no one else is like them. Then they go to college and they find friends. This book is an awesome reminder. I would totally read it to my high schoolers.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I am not a music lover, so I did not connect to it in a musical sense. However, I appreciate the theme in the book that people have different talents and interests. When we find others like ourself, it's special and fun. I am not a music lover, so I did not connect to it in a musical sense. However, I appreciate the theme in the book that people have different talents and interests. When we find others like ourself, it's special and fun.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Matt Miles

    This beautifully drawn simple story spanning several years reminds readers of all ages that if you keep on playing, you will find your band.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Donna Mork

    Violet loves music. She looked for others like her. It took a long time to find them. It was ok to be alone, but it was ok to be together too.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Helen Ladson

    I remember a time that I felt like Violet! I love this book and I really enjoyed reading it!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Raven Black

    Just a great book for a fun story time. Good story and fun illustrations

  18. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Nice for a change - from Pinkalicious and Fancy Nancy

  19. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    This is about a girl finding her band.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maeve

    The rhythm/flow of the words just don't quite work for storytime. /: The rhythm/flow of the words just don't quite work for storytime. /:

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    From day one of her life Violet loves music and tries to find others who do too. Colorful illustrations make this story fun.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Taylar Sizemore

    This book has a lot of figurative language, especially onomatopoeias, and the illustrations accurately matches the plot line.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily Morgan

    Violet tried since birth to find some similar children like her to play music with her. She tries everywhere until she is older and finds some fellow minded children in the park. Violet keeps her love for music, and finds children who are just as passionate as her. Theme: Never give up on who you really are. I took away from this story that if you stick with who you were meant to be there will always somewhere be someone who is like you. Violet could have given up on finding music or friends and c Violet tried since birth to find some similar children like her to play music with her. She tries everywhere until she is older and finds some fellow minded children in the park. Violet keeps her love for music, and finds children who are just as passionate as her. Theme: Never give up on who you really are. I took away from this story that if you stick with who you were meant to be there will always somewhere be someone who is like you. Violet could have given up on finding music or friends and changed her mind to be like others. But since she waited, she found an amazing group of people who love music just as much as her. Now she is happy and fulfilled, and it was all because she stayed true to herself. I think this book should be read to children who are going through a time period of trying to find themselves. This book might encourage them to stick with their passions no matter how discouraging if it is what you love to do. If everyone gave up or quit because they could not find anyone similar then the world would be a very simple world with no crazy differences that make it such a diverse place to live. People like Violet are the ones who are role models and people will look up to her.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    Summary: There's nothing Violet loves more than music, and she plays or sings every chance she gets. But where are the other kids like her—kids who think and dream music all day long? As a baby, in kindergarten, at the beach and the zoo, she never gives up looking for companions. And then one summer day... Bright, lively, and lyrical, this is a book for kids who march to a different drummer. Violet's Music sings to us that the right friend is always out there—as long as we keep looking and hoping Summary: There's nothing Violet loves more than music, and she plays or sings every chance she gets. But where are the other kids like her—kids who think and dream music all day long? As a baby, in kindergarten, at the beach and the zoo, she never gives up looking for companions. And then one summer day... Bright, lively, and lyrical, this is a book for kids who march to a different drummer. Violet's Music sings to us that the right friend is always out there—as long as we keep looking and hoping, and above all, staying true to ourselves. Potential Audience (reading level): grades 2-6; late early Genre: Fictional picture book Topic: music, finding friendship Specific curricular uses: This would be a good read aloud book for second grade: you could have the kids could make the sounds of the instruments. Social issues the book addresses: being different from the crowd, finding where you belong Specific literary elements: onomatopoeia (ex: the author uses words like "twang," "pluck," and "plink" to describe when Violet plays instruments) Interactions and counter actions of text and images: The images in this book are colorful and innovative with their use of texture (the illustrator used the idea of letters cut out of a magazine to make some of the words and also used what looks like a real fabric texture with some of the clothes). I think the pictures are so bold because Violet is so confident and passionate about her love of music. The pictures enhance the text because they give us a sense of how bright Violet's world is and how her love of music helps her to see the world so vividly.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Violet was born loving music and was always searching for someone to play her music with. Everywhere she went she looked for people who loved to play music as much as she did. While searching, she continued to play her music and loved it! She played the rattle as a baby, a homemade horn when she was two years old, the triangle in kindergarten, a tennis racket used as a guitar, and even a real guitar. All the while she sang as well. The illustrations are bright and colorful and connect to the sto Violet was born loving music and was always searching for someone to play her music with. Everywhere she went she looked for people who loved to play music as much as she did. While searching, she continued to play her music and loved it! She played the rattle as a baby, a homemade horn when she was two years old, the triangle in kindergarten, a tennis racket used as a guitar, and even a real guitar. All the while she sang as well. The illustrations are bright and colorful and connect to the story very well. Violet searches for a long time and finally finds a group of children who love to play music too and they join together to make music. This book teaches children to always go with the things you enjoy and not what others want to do just to fit in. Violet marches to a different drummer and she was not going to forget about her dream of playing music to follow what everyone else was doing. This teaches children to be themselves, to do what they love, and eventually you will attract people with the same interests. This book would be good for Pre-K through third grade. For the younger children you could have them playing their favorite instruments while reading the book. This book shows the children that it is ok to be different. You could have the children write in their journals how they are different from their siblings or friends or even other family members.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Megan Cureton

    This book was a really good read. I liked that the illustrations in this book are very big and take up the whole page and they show exactly what the text is saying on that page. A reader would still be able to understand the book even if the text was taken away because that is how well they follow the story. I really enjoyed this story and I think that it shows children that it is okay to be different and to embrace that. It shows children that they might not be like everyone else and that is ok This book was a really good read. I liked that the illustrations in this book are very big and take up the whole page and they show exactly what the text is saying on that page. A reader would still be able to understand the book even if the text was taken away because that is how well they follow the story. I really enjoyed this story and I think that it shows children that it is okay to be different and to embrace that. It shows children that they might not be like everyone else and that is okay. I like that in the end Violet found some friends that she could connect with and play music with, and they knew that they would eventually find each other one day. I would read this story for a read aloud and after reading it I would have the students do an activity with this story. I could have the children draw something that describes them, that they think is special or different than everyone else. I feel like I could do this with kindergarteners and first graders because they love talking about themselves and sharing interesting things about themselves. I could have the students go around and try to find someone in the classroom that might have the same trait as them that they maybe didn't know about before, but since this activity, they now have something to bond over. This also teaches children to not stop being themselves because they are different, it shows them that it is okay to be different.

  27. 4 out of 5

    J

    The story of a girl who loves music and wants to find others as obsessed with music as her. I think this would work best with school age kids.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Smith

    Johnson, Angela. Violet’s Music. Illus. Laura Huliska-Beith. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2004. Print. Fiction, music, bands. Violet’s Music tells a story about a little girl who loves music. The only problem though is that she can never find anyone that wants to play music with her. She never loses her love though and as she gets older she eventually finds people that love music just as much as she does. I thought the illustrator did a fantastic job with color scheme and providing il Johnson, Angela. Violet’s Music. Illus. Laura Huliska-Beith. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2004. Print. Fiction, music, bands. Violet’s Music tells a story about a little girl who loves music. The only problem though is that she can never find anyone that wants to play music with her. She never loses her love though and as she gets older she eventually finds people that love music just as much as she does. I thought the illustrator did a fantastic job with color scheme and providing illustrations that are full of life and engaging for the reader. The author was able to provide a good story but sometimes I feel like the rhythm would be set and then lose itself throughout some of the pages making it kind of confusing for the reader. If I were to use this book in my classroom I would bring Boomwhackers to class and after reading tell the kids that we get to make our own music today. Then we could spend the rest of the time on a music lesson and learning how to play our new instrument.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Claire Waldron-Gross

    Things I liked: Violet just loves what she loves and keeps on doing it, regardless of what her peers and family are into. She hasn't found anyone else to play music with her, but that doesn't stop her from loving it and continuing to search for people to share that love. There's a sense of longing in the book, and there's narrative buildup around that, but there's not angst. While her family doesn't share her love of music, they still support it: for instance, her aunt buys her craft materials fo Things I liked: Violet just loves what she loves and keeps on doing it, regardless of what her peers and family are into. She hasn't found anyone else to play music with her, but that doesn't stop her from loving it and continuing to search for people to share that love. There's a sense of longing in the book, and there's narrative buildup around that, but there's not angst. While her family doesn't share her love of music, they still support it: for instance, her aunt buys her craft materials for her to make her own instruments. Violet is obviously loved, and music obviously brings her joy, she's just waiting for that last piece to fall into place. The language is very musical and there are a lot of ways you can invite kids to read along with you. There's a lot of discussion fodder on the topics of identity, friendship, and favorite activities / activities that you feel define you.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    I picked up Violet’s Music by Angela Johnson thinking it would be a silly book about a girl who likes music, but I was (happily) mistaken! Violet’s Music takes the reader on a journey through the lovely little Violet’s life as she find she not only loves music, but lives, breathes and dances music non-stop. Her quest is to find others like her: are there other kids out there who love music as much as her? You’ll have to read to find out (spoiler alert: there are.). As the mother of a son who too I picked up Violet’s Music by Angela Johnson thinking it would be a silly book about a girl who likes music, but I was (happily) mistaken! Violet’s Music takes the reader on a journey through the lovely little Violet’s life as she find she not only loves music, but lives, breathes and dances music non-stop. Her quest is to find others like her: are there other kids out there who love music as much as her? You’ll have to read to find out (spoiler alert: there are.). As the mother of a son who too is obsessed with music, we read this book many times together. We loved talking about all the instruments in the book, her family members, and all the city scenes. I appreciated all the different ethnicities of the characters in the book, and all the different musical genres represented as well. We adored this book, and may even buy our own copy! http://thelittlebookmama.tumblr.com/

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