Violin and Cello

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For every child practicing their new instrument and the parents and teachers helping them along the way, this book celebrates the joy of unexpected friendship through music. Young readers will love the appealing characters and carefully drawn settings. Two cultures, two instruments, one piece of music; the inclusion of a playable tune is a bonus!

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SPECIFICATIONS: 9781922539274 | 245mm x 255mm | Hardback | 32 Pages | Full Colour | EK Books

Catherine Greer, BA Hons, MA, is an author of fiction and non-fiction, a copywriter and an age positive advocate at the lifestyle blog LoveOurAge.com. Catherine’s books include The 10 Minute Fix (2020), Love Lie Repeat (2019), Jacaranda Snow (2018), and the award-winning Choosing Happiness (2006, collaboration with Dr. S Dowrick). Catherine lives with her husband and two young adult sons in Sydney. You can find her at LoveOurAge.com, at her author’s website at catherinegreer.com.au or on Instagram @catherinegreerauthor . Violin and Cello is her second collaboration with musician and co-author, Alexander Lau. The two first worked together on Catherine’s growth mindset picture book, Jacaranda Snow.

Alexander Lau is an emerging contemporary classical composer. He studied composition for six years under Dr Nicholas Vines. Having played violin for 15 years, Alex often writes chamber music for strings. He is also a member of the Seraphim String Trio, established in 2015. Alex’s compositional style is diverse and often changes. Most recently, his works have been influenced by Jazz and American minimalism. Alex is also the composer of ‘Jacaranda Snow’, a piano quartet for the growth mindset picture book, Jacaranda Snow. Alex lives with his family in Sydney and currently studies at The University of NSW.

 

Joanna Bartel is a designer and illustrator. Previously, she has been a graphic designer for a boutique fashion label, a senior art and design teacher and an English teacher in Melbourne and Brisbane, and a copywriter and graphic designer in marketing. Now she brings her experience in Arts education, design, teaching and creative marketing to her illustration work! Joanna particularly loves character design and creating imaginative and playful images to engage children and enhance imaginative learning.

While growing up, Joanna loved books, reading to her younger brothers, and writing and illustrating her own stories. Art, Design and English were always her favourite subjects at school and these interests guided her university studies and pursuit of varied roles in the creative industries. .

Joanna moved to Brisbane with her husband for his work in 2013 and, since becoming a mother to two small children, is now balancing family life with her other great loves of drawing and writing. .

Learning an instrument can be a lonely pursuit, and Violin and Cello celebrates being a musician and making friends. This book is perfect for young readers just beginning to learn an instrument, particularly violin or cello, as well as for every parent or teacher helping them along the way.

The inspiration for this story happened during the pandemic, when Catherine watched two adult pianists in separate apartments perform for each other through their shared wall. They called themselves the mystery friends. The story celebrates the joy of unexpected friendship through music, with appealing characters and carefully drawn settings of apartment living. The characterful illustrations capture the reality of urban life, while the words evoke the isolation of being alone as you practise and the joy of playing music together with a new friend.

Between 45% of children (Australia) and 70% of children (UK) currently play a musical instrument and even more (as many as 9 out of 10) want to learn. Most children begin their classical music education with piano, violin or cello lessons (predominantly piano and violin), meaning this book will appeal to a wide audience of budding musicians.

Two children, two cultures, two instruments, and one piece of music; the inclusion of a playable tune is a bonus!

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