5.0 out of 5 stars
By Florence Chavezon, May 4, 2016
This book had me motivated and regretful almost from the beginning. I am raising two children, and want them to find something they love and stick with it — whether it be music or something else.
As a kid, I had an interest in the violin, and took lessons for three years. I loved the commitment it took, but didn’t like my teacher who was unemotional and unfriendly. I quit and even now, more than 20 years later, wish I had stuck with it.
I loved Rashoff’s anecdotes and found them really relatable and most easily applied to many people I know. I loved “The Cello Showed Up, but the Girl Didn’t,” and have found myself thinking about it in the months since I finished reading this story. There is just so much magic in knowing how to play a musical instrument, and the opportunities is can open to youth from all backgrounds.
My daughter is currently involved in gymnastics, and this book has me reevaluating her future in the sport. She will be so much more limited in opportunities in a sport that caters to the wealthy and elite. A whole world can open up to kids involved in music – in their schools, in their communities, and their future.
This book is a great read for any parent looking for direction, and how to combat kids who are discouraged. I wish my mom had read this when I was an 8th grader who was so angry and frustrated.