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The Dulcimer Boy

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  65 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by HarperCollins/Laura Geringer Books (first published 1979)
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Mar 19, 2007 aubrey rated it really liked it
A beautiful story with equally breathtaking illustrations.
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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.
April Hochstrasser
Feb 02, 2010 April Hochstrasser rated it liked it
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.
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Sep 26, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it
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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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Mar 25, 2012
Selznick's drawings add greatly to the story--an interesting but not terribly creative "abandoned at birth" story
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Jan 11, 2014 Ivan rated it liked it
I bought this because the illustrations are by Brian Selznick. The story is like a fable. I enjoyed it, found it compelling.
Oct 03, 2014 Kath rated it liked it
I just bought this because I happened upon it at our IAA Book Fair, which I happened to be in charge of. When I opened it up, I saw it was a signed copy by the illustrator Brian Selznick. Yes. THAT Brian Selznick. So I bought it for 10JD. It's a good story. I'd recommend it for any fairy tale lover.
Keiko rated it it was ok
Apr 11, 2015
Samantha Shepherd
Read this book when I was little, and loved it. Decided to read it again, for old times sake and loved it just at much.
Emily Turner
Jan 08, 2016 Emily Turner rated it liked it
I didn't really like it. It was a good book, all until the end, lots of boring details, still I would recommend to all ages except the ones who can't read and understand.
Apr 03, 2016 Robin rated it it was amazing
Here is a touching, beautifully illustrated story that is probably best read on a rainy Saturday afternoon when you're feeling a tad melancholy. It begins when a man leaves twin boys, 10 months old, in a basket on his dead wife's sister's doorstep, along with a beautiful dulcimer - that flat, stringed instrument played with mallets. The Carbuncle family doesn't take very good care of the boys, the silent Jules and the musically gifted William.

When it seems they will take the dulcimer from him a
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