- 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: 2,130,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Frederico, the Mouse Violinist Hardcover – Large Print, 18 Nov 2010
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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!
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.
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.