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Frederico, the Mouse Violinist Hardcover – Large Print, 18 Nov 2010

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  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (18 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616331135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616331139
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,197,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Music-lover's Children's Classic! 15 Jan 2011
By Nancy I. Sanders - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
What an unexpected source of delight this picture book is. This sweet story is about a young mouse who lives in the workshop of the most famous violin maker of all. With tender wording and sensitive illustrations, we see how the master violin maker makes yet someone else's life change as a result of his musical genius and creativity. This is storytelling at its best.

Every violin student and every violin teacher will treasure this book for its precious story about Frederico, the mouse, as he follows his dreams. Yet behind the tender story is an excellent explanation of the parts of a violin as well as a peek into the life of violin virtuoso Stradivari. The fantastic illustrations add a sense of wonder and delight to the telling, bringing the story to life.

I highly recommend this book for every child whether a violin student or not. Their heartstrings will be tugged and they will yearn to hold a violin in their hands and play it themselves. This is also a great classroom book for teachers to read to students during those young formative years when they are choosing whether or not to play an instrument.

Truly a new classic in picture books!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
enjoyable and highly recommended 4 Feb 2011
By Wayne S. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Do you know where some of the best known and most expensive violins in the world were made? Frederico is a little mouse who lives at Cremona, Italy, in the workshop of a famous violin maker, or luthier, named Antonio Stradivari. Day after day he watches Stradivari work on violins and learns everything there is to know about them. Night after night he practices playing on Stradivari's violins, but they are too big for him. One night Stradivari notices Frederico playing a violin and soon begins working on a mysterious small device. It looks just about the size of something for Frederico, but what could it be?
Mayra Calvani, author of several children's books including Crash; The Magic Violin; and Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster, has given us a really cute story, gorgeously illustrated by K. C. Snider, that also contains some good historical background about Antonio Stradivari and some very interesting information about the violin. The text makes reference to several parts of the violin. At the end there is a page of additional material about Stradivari along with several pages of activities, such as matching the names of parts of a violin with their pictures, finding the words from the glossary in the story, and doing a word search and find puzzle. Frederico, the Mouse Violinist is a wonderful way to introduce youngsters to the violin and to encourage budding music students to learn more about their subject. As a music lover, I found it enjoyable and highly recommend it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful Book 27 May 2012
By Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Frederico, the mouse, lived in the workshop of the most famous violin maker, Antonio Stradivari. Frederico admired the quality of each violin that Stradivari made.

The mouse had a dream of becoming a great violinist. Despite the fact that the violin was incredibly bigger than he was, Frederico practiced every night.

One night Stradivari hears the music and watches the mouse play. Stradivari comes up with a plan to help Frederico become a violinist.

Frederico may be little, but this mouse has big dreams. No matter what size you are, you should always follow your passion, and in this case, it is music for Frederico. I found both the story and the illustrations cute. I liked that the author used a historical person, Antonio Stradivari, in the story. It was a great way to add a little bit of history and a great message to follow your dreams. Frederico, the Mouse Violinist is a great book for children. I recommend reading it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful story with adorable illustrations! 26 May 2011
By Michelle Sutton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have to say this is the most adorable book I've seen in a long time. It's interesting and attractive. The illustrations are so cute, and the story itself is high quality. I used to read a book called The Church Mouse over and over again when I was about seven because I loved the story and the pictures. This is one of those kinds of books that a kid would ask to have read to them over and over again, or a kid would just look at because the pictures are so intriguing. There is a lot a child can learn from reading this story as well, such as information about music, the Stradivarius guitar, creating an instrument, and just plain history about the Stradivarius guitar and its worth. I loved how the parts of the violin were described at the end and a glossary is included in the book. This story might even encourage a child to want to learn to play the violin. My favorite picture in the story is the one of the mouse playing the tiny violin that the violin maker created for him and gave him as a gift. So adorable! This book is a keeper.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A fun way to teach kids music appreciation and reaching for your dreams 1 Jan 2011
By Cheryl C. Malandrinos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Frederico is a tiny mouse in the home of Antonio Stradivari. He watches as the violin maker creates his famous violins and each night he sneaks into the workshop to play. But those violins are too big. Unbeknownst to Frederico, Stradivari witnesses the little mouse playing one night. When the master begins carving a small device, Frederico's curiosity almost gets the better of him.

Calvani weaves her love of music with a beautiful story that is sure to enchant young readers. Whether your child plays musical instruments or not, he will enjoy reading of the little mouse with big dreams. This is such a unique and fun way to bring an appreciation of music to kids. I would love to see music classrooms in all our elementary schools carrying a copy of this one.

Bolded words throughout the story are found in a glossary at the back of the book. Also included is information about Antonio Stradivari, a word search, and a page where readers can match up words from the story to pictures of violin parts.

I was surprised to discover that K.C. Snider created the artwork for Frederico, The Mouse Violinist. Usually I can spot her artwork a mile away, but this time I honestly didn't know. That's okay, though, because the artwork for this one is outstanding. From Frederico turning the pins to adjust the pitch, to the veins in Stradivari's hand as he clasped the tiny device he was carving for his mouse friend, the illustrations will enthrall your child.

I've loved Calvani's work for years now. With Frederico, The Mouse Violinist, she proves once again that she is a children's author everyone should keep an eye on.
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