Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A tale for your own budding violinist

Do you have a budding violinist on your hands? Then he or she will definitely enjoy Frederico, the Mouse Violinist by Mayra Calvani.

Frederico is a little mouse with a big name. He lives in the workshop of a famous violin maker named Antonio Stradivari. During the day, the mouse watches Stradivari make his celebrated violins, but at night, Frederico explores the workshop and its wonders. But it's the violins that capture Frederico's attention the most. Frederico longs to play, but since he's so little and the violin and bow are so big, playing seems an impossible task. However, the determined mouse practices night after night and when he captures the attention of the famous violin maker, the mouse violinist has a mouse-sized present in store for him!

This is an endearing tale that will introduce young readers to the classic string instrument. Not only is the tale inspirational, but it's educational as well, introducing young virtuosos to the parts of a violin and the famous luthier, Antonio Stradivari. As Frederico learns that if you tighten a peg on a violin, the pitch will be higher and if you loosen it, the pitch will be lower, so will your own virtuoso. And just as Frederico learns that with a little passion and practice, he can play, Frederico will inspire anyone to strum their own tune to this delightful story.

Additional Information:
Author: Mayra Calvani
Illustrator: K.C. Snider
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (November 18, 2010)
ISBN-10: 1616331143
ISBN-13: 978-1616331146
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  1. Lovely review! It sounds like a book my first grader would enjoy immensely:) Just popped in from the comment challenge and am pleased to have found your site!

  2. That sounds utterly charming--I'll look out for it!

  3. Lindsay--Best of luck with the Challenge. I've fallen immensely behind and need to spend this weekend catching up! Hopefully it helps me turn over a new leaf, though!

    This book really is a great one! I just love Mayra Calvani's books!