The Chinese Violin by Madeleine Thien (107)

This is a wonderful book about immigrants feel when they come into a new country to make a forever home. There is so much planning and turmoil that a family experiences.

When Lin Lin and her father immigrated to Canada from China, they brought with them one of their most treasured possessions — a traditional Chinese violin. I had no idea that there is a difference between a typical Canadian-American violin and a Chinese one. This was great to learn.

From the beauty of their new country to the uneasiness of not fitting in, this violin sees them through all their experiences, good and bad. One day, however, a terrible misfortune occurs when the Chinese violin is broken into pieces.

Eventually, the strange language and surrounding become more familiar, and life gets easier for Lin Lin and her father. But it does take a lot of time and patience.

She gets a new Chinese violin and performs in the school recital, successfully sharing her Chinese culture with her new Canadian friends.

What a great book of courage and goodwill.

I loved the book from beginning to end.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth


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