A moving story of dreams and giving is what you’ll find in Frederico, The Mouse Violinist by Mayra Calvani.
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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Available in paperback, hardcover, and electronic formats.