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MAGIC VIOLIN-by Mayra Calvani

Eight-year-old Melina loves her violin lessons. But one day she grows frustrated and loses confidence in her ability to play. Her Romanian teacher, Andrea, encourages her not to give up. All she needs is a magic dose of self trust.

Melina's parents take her to the Grand Plaza in Brussels, Belgium where she meets a mysterious woman in rags who gives her curious advice, to wish on a shooting star and her wish will come true.

Melina wishes to have a magical violin that will help her play Vivaldi's "Winter." After that night she plays everyday until she learns the song by heart. She gains confidence and plays the song to Andrea, who asks if it really was the star that helped her or her own belief in herself.

This is a sweet tale about believing in yourself. Children who are learning to play an instrument will be empathic to Melina's frustration at not being perfect at playing the violin. I loved the illustrations that give the story an old time feel. Melina learns an important lesson about not giving up. This story is perfect to read to children who doubt themselves and feel they'll never be good at something.

MAGIC VIOLIN is the perfect Christmas gift for those who love to play the violin and for those who love a good tale. Comment either on this blog or on Mayra's for a chance at winning a $20 Amazon certificate on Christmas Day.



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 22nd, 2007 11:54 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for the great review, Kim!!! You made my day. :-)
Dec. 22nd, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
Great review!
Hi Mayra, this is Jess! Great review! :) Happy holidays!
Dec. 22nd, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
Happy holidays to you too, Jess! Thanks for being here and for all your encouragement during the tour!
Dec. 22nd, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
You chose your VBT stops well. The reviews were all well written. Good luck on the sales.
Jessica Kennedy
The Differently-Abled Writer
www.jessica-kennedy.com –under construction until January 1, 2008
Dec. 23rd, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
last book review
It's been great following along on the book tour. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!
Dec. 23rd, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)
Great review. I love that the interview points out that this is a great book to read to children who doubt themselves.

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