Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Magic Violin

The Magic Violin
Author: Mayra Calvani
Illustrated by K.C. Snider
ISBN: 978-1-933090-49-8
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing Inc.
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Melina has been taking violin lessons and desperately wants to learn to play “winter” by heart! Her teacher believes she is capable of doing so with practice. When Melina wants to quit her teacher refuses to let her give up, claiming all she needs is self-trust. When Melina meets a violinist in the town square who plays “Winter” beautifully she is given the advice to wish on the magical Christmas star. After her wish Melina thinks she can play “Winter” on her own due to a magical violin. When her teacher asks what she wished for, Melina soon discovers the value of practice and the magic of believing in yourself.

This book has a cute story that teaches children the value of believing in yourself, confidence, patience and practice. The story line was simple and imaginative. I wasn’t thrilled with the illustrations in this book. The colors were muted and the images were not always sharply defined. They did not catch my eye or excite me in regards to the story.

Overall the story has a good message that is relatable to children taking any kind of lesson or classes. Everyone learns new things and belief in yourself is one of the keys to the success of learning. I would suggest this book for children ages 4-8. The author also has another book entitle Crash which talks about the responsibilities or owning a puppy that I would like to check out.


1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a book with a great message, but the fact that the pictures were somewhat lacking is too bad, since for the target audience, I would think that the illustrations are key to keeping the child's interest...


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