The first problem is sizing. How do you size a child’s smallest violin to a five-inch zebra from nose to tail? If Amos cannot get his head over the side of the violin, it is too big. But if he can straddle the strings, front and hind legs over them at their highest point (and still breathe easily), the violin is just right for him. You may think that even the smallest standard violin is too big for a zebra the size of Amos to play. Be assured: he will not play it in the ordinary way.