The Dulcimer Boy
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The Dulcimer Boy

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William has the brown hair
and Jules the gold.
They are ten months old.
This dulcimer is all their
father has to give them.
A weathered stranger delivers an old wicker chest to the Carbuncles' doorstep. In it they find two sleeping baby boys and a beautiful silver-stringed instrument. For the sake of appearing charitable to their neighbors, the Carbuncles take the boys i...more
160 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by HarperCollins/Laura Geringer Books (first published 1979)
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I read this book around the same time as Henkes' _Sun & Spoon_ and found this one to be a much more interesting read. I can see how it would particularly appeal to boys around 7-10 yrs. old. William is a likable main character. I think that most readers will find themselves cheering for him. Also, I like the fact that he not only discovers a gift in himself, but that he also develops that gift and passion which gives him more knowledge about himself. This might subtly inspire young boys to e...more
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April Hochstrasser
A short junior book about two neglected orphan boys, one with the talent to play the dulcimer I would have given it 4 stars except the ending left many unanswered questions. Why did the birds follow him? Did he find his real father? Did he return to his twin brother and what became of the twin, Jules? The story seemed to end half way through. I couldn't tell what the overall theme was.
I bought this because the illustrations are by Brian Selznick. The story is like a fable. I enjoyed it, found it compelling.
This book started slow for me and it took over half the book for me to get into it, but I am glad I stuck with it because I ended up loving it. It is a beautiful and touching story and the writing style reminded me of one of my favorite authors Kate DiCamillo.
Selznick's drawings add greatly to the story--an interesting but not terribly creative "abandoned at birth" story
A beautiful story with equally breathtaking illustrations.
Reminded me of DiCamillo - really enjoyed it.
Amazing and beautiful.
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