2017 Newbery Honor Books

Back in February the 2017 Newbery Awards were announced.

2017 Newbery Medal, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Kelly BarnhillThe Newbery Medal winner was The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. You can see my review in my post 2017 Newbery Medal Winner.

The Inquisitors Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Dog by Adam GidwitzThe first Newbery Honor book that I read was The Inquisitors Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Dog by Adam Gidwitz.

I was able to get this book right away as the library already had copies in their system. I really enjoyed reading this book as it had underlying religious and historical themes. I also really enjoyed the illustrations, or rather illuminations by Hatem Aly.  This was a great story along with an interesting look into 13th century France.

Lauren Wolk, Newbery Honor Book, Wolf HollowI had to wait awhile for the library to receive and process their order for Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk.

I really enjoyed this book and it would have been my pick of the 2017 Newbery books to be the Medal winner.

The book is set in a rural area of Pennsylvania just after World War II. A young girl deals with another girl who not only bullies her but also a reclusive veteran of the Great War (WWI). The book is a great read, but is a bit dark and sad at times. However, it shows how a young person who takes a stand for something can make a big difference in the lives of others.

Freedom Over Me, Ashley Bryan, Slaves, Newbery Honor BookThis week the last of the books arrived at the library. Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan is wonderfully illustrated and gives a glimpse into the life of eleven slaves of the Fairchilds estate.

Freedom over me: eleven slaves, their lives and dreams brought to life by Ashley bryanThe characters in the book are based off of historical documents, but only their names and how much they are worth are known from them. Ashley Bryan brings them to life by placing them in roles that were typical for the size of the Fairchild estate.  She then gives them a voice as they describe themselves and their dreams.

Overall a good group of Newbery books for 2017. I enjoyed reading all of them.

Have you read any of these?

Steven

Praktische Violin-Schule

Tonight I will share an interesting music book that I have in my library. I recently brought this home from my parents.

Violin Schule, Christian Heinrich Hohmann, Wilhelm Schmid, Violin BookThis book is not in very good shape, but it was printed sometime between 1870 and 1875 so is almost 150 years old. You can tell here that the book at one time was rebound with a new cover and would benefit from some additional conservation work.

The book is Praktische Violin-Schule (Practical Violin-School) and is a reprint of the methodology of Christian Heirich Hohmann who was a music composer and instructor in the mid 1800’s. He taught in Schwabach, Germany which is near Nürnberg.

Violin Schule, Christian Heinrich Hohmann, Wilhelm Schmid, Violin BookThe book that I have contains the first two courses. This is the title page for the first course (Erster Cursus).

Hohmann wrote Violin school I in 1835 and Violin school II in 1836.

Violin Schule, Christian Heinrich Hohmann, Wilhelm Schmid, Violin BookSo how do I know that the book was printed between 1870 and 1875?

First is a stamp on the front cover made in 1875. This would most likely have been stamped at the time of purchase.

The cover lists Wilhelm Schmid as the publisher. Wilhelm Schmid opened a bookstore in Nürnberg in 1853. The cover also lists München and he did not open a store there until 1870. Therefore the book was published sometime after 1870 and before 1875.

Violin Schule, Christian Heinrich Hohmann, Wilhelm Schmid, Violin BookThe name Gustav Keller? is handwritten on the cover and this was possibly the original owner of the book.

It would be interesting to find out how the book came to American and ended up in Missouri at my parents house.

Most likely Gustav immigrated to American from Germany and brought it along with his violin. A quick census search provided me with a couple of candidates who ended up in Wisconsin and Iowa.

Violin Schule, Christian Heinrich Hohmann, Wilhelm Schmid, Violin BookThe book has some nice illustrations of how to position yourself to play the violin.

Violin Schule, Christian Heinrich Hohmann, Wilhelm Schmid, Violin BookYou can definitely see here that the book has some condition issues.

I really like the illustrations here, and this on brings back memories of learning how to hold my cello bow.

Violin Schule, Christian Heinrich Hohmann, Wilhelm Schmid, Violin BookBy the end of the second course the music is a bit complicated. It starts out with whole notes and slowly progresses to more difficult music.

Definitely a reminder of the piano and cello lessons I took as a child.

I hope you enjoyed my wandering thought about this old music instruction book.

Steven