The Violin Family is available November 1, 2019

The Violin Family is available November 1, 2019

Find out how Melissa got started on this book project in her blog:

The Violin Family

Children’s Book by Melissa Perley & Fiona Lee MacLean

Come meet The Violin Family. There is Basil-Bass, Celia-Violoncello, “Bizzy”- Viola and Val and Violet-Violins.

This is an introduction to the family of stringed instruments, offering a delightful pairing of fact and fiction. In meeting The Violin Family, readers have the opportunity to learn about the anatomy as well as the personality of each of the strings.

While the family is playing music, Violet falls and has to visit the luthier to be repaired. Will her sound come back so that her family can continue to play together as a quintet?

This children’s book explores the power and value of both music and family. The book is authored by Melissa Perley, with illustrations by Fiona Lee MacLean and is available November 1, 2019, by Rootstock Publishing.

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Melissa Perley

Melissa Perley

About the Author

Melissa Perley is a performing and teaching cellist. She lives in VT with her luthier husband, Paul and family. Together Paul and Melissa own Paul Perley Cellos, a stringed instrument business.


Upcoming Events…

May 9 -  South Hero Library Event at 11 am

May 24 -  Quechee Village Library at 4pm

May 30th - McCullough Library in Bennington at 11am

July 9th - Greensboro Free Library at 10am


What People Are Saying…

In this unique and charming story by first time author Melissa Perley, The Violin Family celebrates the voices and musical personalities that make up a string quintet. Educational and entertaining this delightful children’s book is soon to become a favorite of musicians and readers young and old. Fiona Lee MacLean brings the personality of each instrument family member to life with her sweet and colorful illustrations as the scenes of the story unfold.
— JENNIFER CHURCHMAN, Author, New York Times Best Selling Children's Book Series Sweet Pea & Friends
The Violin Family” is a delightful, warm-hearted book that introduces young and not-so young readers to the violin family of string instruments. Author Melissa Perley, through clever and endearing storytelling, reveals each member of the violin family’s unique personality and role in classical music as well as in popular genres. Fiona Lee MacLean lovingly illustrates the story in playful colors and cheerful detail.
— KARI JUUSELA is a cellist, award-winning composer, and former dean at Berklee College of Music.
While reading The Violin Family my inner child wanted to do nothing more than be adopted into their happy family quintet and make music forever.
— RON THOMPSON, Psy. M.A. author and former member of the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, D.C.