Violen p. 6

IMG_0598.JPGLenny’s mom loved going to the beach, and it only took them fifteen minutes to walk to the beach from their house. Whenever his mom went to the beach, Lenny brought his violin. It was his favorite spot away from school. The park was also one of his trusted spots. Lenny and his new violin had become inseparable.

Miguel evolved into Lenny’s unofficial coach. All Miguel had to do was give a thumbs up or thumbs down and leave drawings in Lenny’s case.

Three months after Uncle Tim’s last visit, Lenny received a letter in the mail from Uncle Tim. He opened the envelope and to his surprise pulled out a handwritten invitation.

It read,

Hey Lenny,

You are invited to be my special guest performer at your school’s Spring Concert on Thursday, Keep practicing!

See you soon, Uncle Tim

Notes: You are reading an excerpt from my 1st children’s picture book, Violen. Violen is a story about a young boy who has an extraordinary gift and passion to play the violin. I will be sharing a page or two a day. Follow along, and if you like my story, please tag your friends or share a link of this post. Thanks for your support. Image shot by Albert Montes and edited by me.

Violen p. 5

IMG_5821.JPGLen wasn’t alone for very long. Miguel had been searching and found Len at the new practice spot. Miguel didn’t play sports like the other boys. He didn’t speak enough English to carry a conversation with Len, but Miguel loved the way Len played his violin.
 
Now that he discovered his classmate’s secret practice spot, Miguel went behind the cafeteria every morning during recess to watch and listen to Len play his violin. Miguel drew pictures as Len played. When recess ended, Miguel placed his drawings inside Len’s violin case.

For three months, Len  passionately practiced the song his uncle taught him.  He practiced in his bedroom before school, at his secret spot during recess, Mondays after school with Mr. Trumbo, and in his bedroom before he went to sleep.

Lenny’s mom loved going to the beach, and it only took them fifteen minutes to walk to the beach from their house. Whenever his mom went to the beach, Lenny brought his violin. It was his favorite spot away from school. The park was also one of his trusted spots. Lenny and his new violin had become inseparable.

Notes: You are reading an excerpt from my 1st children’s picture book, Violen. Violen is a story about a young boy who has an extraordinary gift and passion to play the violin. I will be sharing a page or two a day. Follow along, and if you like my story, please tag your friends or share a link of this post. Thanks for your support. Image shot by Albert Montes and edited by me.

Violen p. 4

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Before he could make it to his classroom, some of the boys on the playground spotted Len with the violin, and without hesitation, began to tease him. They had always thought Len was weird because he didn’t play kickball or dodgeball with them.

They didn’t hang out with Len at lunch, before or after school. These boys continued to pile on all kind of names on Len, like “orchestra boy” and “Leonardo,” but the one they liked most was “VioLen.” They relentlessly chanted his new nickname until Len was out of sight.

To avoid further harassment, Len asked Ms. Richards if he could stay in for recess to practice his violin.  Ms. Richards showed Len one of her secret getaway spots behind the cafeteria. Len practiced at his new spot almost everyday.

Notes: You are reading an excerpt from my 1st children’s picture book, Violen. Violen is a story about a young boy who has an extraordinary gift and passion to play the violin. I will be sharing a page or two a day. Follow along, and if you like my story, please tag your friends or share a link of this post. Thanks for your support. Image shot by Albert Montes and edited by me.

Violen p. 3

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The next morning, Len was so excited to get to school that he left his case at home and walked through the neighborhood while cradling his bare violin.  Usually, Len  counted the lines separating the concrete blocks on the way to school. He saw those same lines, but all that occupied his head was the song he learned the night before.
When he got to the campus, he showed his note from Uncle Tim to Mr. Trumbo, the music teacher. Mr. Trumbo was Uncle Tim’s friend and had thoroughly enjoyed having Len in his class. Mr. Trumbo told Len, “It’s gonna be Showtime for you!”  He promised Len that he could practice after school every Monday. Mr. Trumbo would personally tutor him and help Len master the song. Mr. Trumbo and Len exchanged high fives before Len went to his class to share the news with his teacher, Ms. Richards.
Notes: You are reading an excerpt from my 1st children’s picture book, Violen. Violen is a story about a young boy who has an extraordinary gift and passion to play the violin. I will be sharing a page or two a day. Follow along, and if you like my story, please tag your friends or share a link of this post. Thanks for your support. Image shot by Albert Montes and edited by me.

Violen p. 2

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The song Lenny learned was so beautiful that it deserved to be played as long as the night allowed, and Lenny’s gifted hands did not disappoint. Yet, their time together had to end. Uncle Tim had to get back to his hotel as he was on tour; playing his violin to packed concert halls around the country.  As the shuttle bus honked announcing its arrival to pick him up, Uncle Tim turned to his nephew and handed him a large and very familiar case.  Tim peered out the doorway and signaled for the shuttle driver to wait a few minutes longer to watch Lenny open the case.  With great anticipation the young boy lifted the lid. Nestled inside was a worn but completely perfect violin. He fixed his gaze at the instrument so intently that he did not realize that his uncle was saying his final goodbyes.

The thud of the sliding shuttle door snapped Lenny out of his trance. Lenny silently waved as his uncle stepped into the van with the door sliding shut behind him.  The young boy read the note that his uncle had left behind.  

Dear Lenny,

This is the first violin grandpa  bought for me.  I want you to have it. You’ve been practicing for 3 years now. It’s time that my favorite violinist in the world owned his own violin. Here’s my iPad. You can have it as long as you watch the video on it to master our new song. Practice everyday! I will be back in a few months to do a concert at your school, and I want you to perform with me.  Get ready!

Much love, Uncle Tim

Note: You are reading an excerpt from my 1st children’s picture book, Violen. Violen is a story about a young boy who has an extraordinary gift and passion to play the violin. I will be sharing a page or two a day. Follow along, and if you like my story, please tag your friends or share a link of this post. Thanks for your support. Image shot by and edited by me using Hipstamatic and Glaze apps on iPhone.

Violen p. 1

IMG_5774.JPGIt was a great day for Lenny because Uncle Tim found the time in his hectic schedule to hang out with him and his mom. Lenny was proud of his mom’s brother, Tim.

Tim was an accomplished violinist who had been performing in concerts around the country. Although Uncle Tim’s visit was only for the weekend, that was enough for Lenny because that meant that he had his favorite uncle all to himself. Lenny and Uncle Tim ate all day; and most everything they ate were things Lenny’s mom normally didn’t approve of.

Their adventures included a video game marathon that lasted for hours and a trip to the batting cages. Sunday evening was the highlight of the entire weekend: Uncle Tim taught Lenny a new song on the violin.

You are reading an excerpt from my 1st children’s picture book, Violen. Violen is a story about a young boy who has an extraordinary gift and passion to play the violin. I will be sharing a page or two a day. Follow along, and if you like my story, please tag your friends or share a link of this post. Thanks for your support. Image shot by Albert Montes and edited by me.

The Story of Violen

violin glazedViolen is a story about a young boy who has an extraordinary gift and passion to play the violin. It is a short story combined with beautiful mobile photography. It was intended to be read by 8-12 year olds, but I believe that everyone, no matter what the age, likes a good story. Most of the images were captured by the talented Albert Montes and edited by me (both with iPhones.) I will be sharing a page or two a day. Follow along, and if you like my story, please tag your friends or share a link of this post. Thanks for your support.