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

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 July 2016
By Jean - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Nice story and illustrations.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Reallly disappointed 20 Jan. 2012
By Jim K-J - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I thought this book based on the cute character on the front would have a great story line. I did not find this to be the case. Instead, I found a story that taught the parts of a violin. If this is all you need out of a story, this book is for you. I want much more . . . a mouse with personality in print as well as illustration. Has so much potential for more.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to the violin 14 May 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have a soft spot for String Instruments and when Frederico, the Mouse Violinist came out introducing kids to the wonder and beauty of the violin I had to ask my good friend Mayra if I could share it with my readers.

Anyway, when I received Mayra's new Children's book I was really excited - but that excitement grew as I read the book. Frederico is a darling little mouse who lives in Stradivari's workshop and watches him carve beautiful violins.

Mayra has very skillfully interwoven terms and definitions throughout the story and children will learn about the instrument as the story is read.

He turned a peg or two to tune the violin and make sure the sound came out right. Your children will learn that by tightening or loosening the strings the pitch of the violin will become higher or lower. He walked on a string.... he slid down the fingerboard... and your children will continue to learn about the basic design of the instrument and the purpose of it.

They will also learn who Antonio Stradavari is, what a luthier is and where the sound comes from. Important words are in bold print and there is a glossary of terms and simple puzzles at the end of the book to reinforce what your child has learned in the story.

I very highly recommend this book for ALL children 4+. I'd personally like to see a series created showing the various types of instruments - there are the Woodwind, Percussion, BRASS, and of course the Strings instruments. You can order HERE on Amazon for $10.95 paperback and $17.85 hardback (both are largeprints).

Mayra has written several children's books and a book called "The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing" which has been nominated for an Global Ebook Award. You can find out more about Mayra Calvani on her blog.
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