Monday, March 28, 2011

A Gift of Music: Emile Benoit & his Fiddle by Alice Walsh

A Gift of MusicA Gift of Music: Emile Benoit & his Fiddle, written by Alice Walsh and illustrated by Geoff Butler, tells the story of the birth and childhood of one of Newfoundland's most well known fiddle players.

I'm not sure how much of the story is truth and how much is fiction but it is a great story.  I have read in a biography of Emile Benoit that his dad did make him his first fiddle.  He was a self taught musician and a master of his instrument.  You can see a sample of his skill in a youtube video of Emile Benoit playing the fiddle.

Anna enjoyed the story and the illustrations.  It was a great way to get in some learning about our Newfoundland culture and heritage.

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