Thursday, April 23, 2009

Book Review:The Magic Violin by Mayra Calvani illustrated by K.C. Snider

Good morning Bloggerville fans, Zebee here.

Today’s story is about magic. The magic inside all of us.

“Eight-year old Melina wants to become a good violinist. When she loses confidence, her Rumanian teacher Andrea decides it’s time for a magic dose of self esteem.

A mysterious old woman in rags gives Melina some curious advice; a violinist Russian hamster, who happens to live under the old woman’s hat, offers her a virtuoso performance; a shooting star fills her with hope on Christmas Eve.

Is Melina actually playing better, or has her violin become magic? Who is the old woman in the town square, and why does she wear the same emerald ring as her teacher Andrea?”

Mayra Calvani has written a beautiful story about believing in yourself. Melina struggles with a particular piece of music, thinking it’s too hard and she’ll never get it. With some help and guidance, she accomplishes her goal. Bring in the hint at magic and you have a story to engage any child through to the end.

The illustrations by K. C. Snider bring the magic in the story to life. Beautiful winter scenes and attention to detail flow throughout the book.

You can purchase this book at
Guardian Angel Publishing
And right here

I liked this story. I wish I could learn to play the violin. Now that would be a sight! See you Sunday with more zoo news.
posted by Zebee aka Joy Delgado
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