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I, Vivaldi (Eerdmans Books For Young Readers) [Hardcover]

By Janice Shefelman (Author) & Tom Shefelman (Illustrator)
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A picture book biography of Antonio Vivaldi explains how this feisty young man destined for the priesthood let his love of and dedication to music overshadow his priestly studies which led to him becoming one of the great Italian composers of all time.

Publishers Description
In this dynamic picture-book biography, told as if by Vivaldi himself, the famous musician's energetic personality and steadfast dedication to music come alive.

Despite his mother's vow for him to become a priest, young Vivaldi is only interested in music. He soon grows from a feisty boy who wants to play the violin into a stubborn young man who puts his musical training ahead of his studies for priesthood.

Beautiful, ornate artwork portrays the spirit and splendor of Vivaldi's hometown, Venice. A historical note, musical score, and glossary will help readers more fully appreciate Vivaldi's life and musical genius.

Citations And Professional Reviews
I, Vivaldi (Eerdmans Books For Young Readers) by Janice Shefelman & Tom Shefelman has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Kirkus Review - Children - 12/15/2007 page 1301
  • Publishers Weekly - 02/11/2008 page 69
  • Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks - 03/01/2008 page 306
  • School Library Journal - 03/01/2008 page 189
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2008
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 10/01/2008 page 316
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 815

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.3" Width: 10.24" Height: 0.43"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2008
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  7-11
Series  Eerdmans Books For Young Readers  
ISBN  0802853188  
ISBN13  9780802853189  

Availability  0 units.

More About Janice Shefelman & Tom Shefelman

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Janice and Tom Shefelman have collaborated on several children??'s books, among them A Peddler??'s Dream (Houghton Mifflin), a Reading Rainbow selection, and Sophie??'s War (Eakin Press), a historical novel. The Shefelmans life in Austin, Texas.

Janice Shefelman currently resides in Austin.

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Reviews - What do customers think about I, Vivaldi?

Viva Vivaldi!  Aug 3, 2009
I am always pleased to see new books about Vivaldi, especially when they are geared toward children and young readers. "I, Vivaldi" is a captivating picture book and story, appropriate for elementary age and up. I've used this book in music classes for this age, in conjunction with a unit on Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," and the children love relating the music to the composer's feelings, as the book's author does.

"I, Vivaldi" is beautifully illustrated, and the author is careful to separate fact from fiction in her endnotes. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to parents and teachers who want to introduce their young students to Vivaldi and his music.

Sarah Bruce Kelly

One of the only children's books on Vivaldi, and it's great!  Apr 22, 2009
This book was very well done. We learn about Vivaldi from Vivaldi. He tells us about his life from his birth on. It was engaging and the illustrations truly added to the story.

At the end of the book there is a 'what is fact, what is fiction' section. The author stayed very close to the fact and the kids were interested in finding out what was different.

This book held their attention and taught us a lot. It's a book I'd buy for our home library.

*taken from my review at goodreads
Vivaldi's Dilemma  Feb 18, 2009
On the day that Antonio Vivaldi was born he nearly died. To save him, his mother vowed he would become a priest. That vow would cause trouble, because Antonio wanted to be a musician like his father. But how? You will find out in this lively picture book biography which uses the known facts of his life and is true to Venice in glorious detail. A book for all ages.
Why I collect Children's Illustrated Books  Jan 11, 2009
This book takes my breath away. I became a collector of children's books
around 10 years ago when I took up a part time job in a bookstore. Today, I have around 2000 overflowing my home. Some, purchases were mistakes, others are very enjoyable still and some just make my day. This is one of them.

There is a "biography" of a wonderful artist, and as someone else stated
you don't write a paper around the information given in the book, but I
think it could easily pique the interest of a child who is reading the

Also there are wonderful illustrations of glorious Venice. I love to
travel so I am always on the lookoneout for books that depict foreign
places. Venice, along with Paris, seems to be one of the top favorite places for illustrators as well as travelers. Each illustration was instantly recognizable as a place in the heart of Venice which brought back wonderful memories.

This book had me wanting to go pack my bags but that isn't possible right
now so I instead am enjoying Vivaldi on the stereo. I am also buying
a copy of the book for the nearly 8 year old granddaughter.

Cute, but so much fiction  Dec 21, 2008
I mistakenly purchased this book as a reference for a college paper on Vivaldi. The amount of fiction involved in the story made it unusable, but I'll admit it was a very nicely spun tale and is suitable for young children as an introduction to Vivaldi, although it gives his life more of a fable quality than he actually lived.

As for his mother promising to make him a priest if God spared his life at birth, well that may be true, but frankly his career choices in Venice at that time were limited to priest, sailor, or shopkeeper. Not much variety, and priest was the one career path that offered a decent education and salary, plus allowed him the freedom to pursue his passion for music.

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