Item description for The Magic Violin by Mayra Calvani & K. C. Snider...
Eight-year old Melina wants to become a good violinist. When she loses confidence, her Rumanian teacher Andrea decides it's time for a magic dose of self esteem. A mysterious old woman in rags gives Melina some curious advice; a violinist Russian hamster, who happens to live under the old woman's hat, offers her a virtuoso performance; a shooting star fills her with hope on Christmas Eve. Is Melina actually playing better, or has her violin become magic? Who is the old woman in the town square, and why does she wear the same emerald ring as her teacher Andrea?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 8.5" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Oct 12, 2007
Publisher Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
ISBN 1933090499 ISBN13 9781933090498
Reviews - What do customers think about The Magic Violin?
The Magic Violin Jan 16, 2008
The Magic Violin is a wonderful story about the belief in dreams and the importance of self esteem that leads us there. I recommend it to everyone. Jan Amenta
Sweet tale of believing in yourself Dec 23, 2007
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.
Practice Makes Perfect Dec 18, 2007
The story confirms the age old adage "Practice Makes Perfect." The author did a wonderful job of describing a scene at the Grand Plaza in Brussels. You could almost smell the roasting chestnuts and mulled wine. The illustration depicting that scene, which is the cover of the book, is gorgeous. The cover of the book makes you want to open the book up and see the other illustrations. At first, I was a little disappointed in the rest of the illustrations; but upon second glance, I would say that their simplicity is very nice. The story is charming and any child who is trying to learn how to play a musical instrument can relate. In fact, I would highly recommend this book to that child. It strongly reinforces the fact that you must work hard in order to master a skill and luck is not how you succeed.
Dreams, Wishes and Magic Dec 10, 2007
Mayra Calvani's picture book, "The Magic Violin" is a delightful story of dreams, wishes, magic, and believing in oneself. Melina's dream is to play the second movement of Vivaldi's "Winter" on her violin. But no matter how much she practices it doesn't sound right. Melina tells her teacher, Andrea, that the song is too hard, and she might as well quit.
Andrea encourages Melina, however, saying not to worry, she just needs a "magic dose of self-trust." Melina isn't sure how to go about getting self-trust. Then on a visit to the Grand Place, a plaza in the center of Brussels, Belgium, where Melina and her parents have gone to celebrate Christmas Eve, soft music floats through the air. An old woman, dressed in rags, is playing Vivaldi's "Winter" for coins. Melina feels sorry for the woman and as she hands her money, the woman tells her to make a wish that night on a shooting star, and it will come true.
Oh, no! I won't give away what happens next, except to say that Melina does wish on the star. Young readers will love the illustrations that complement the story. Many children will wish for a magic violin of their own. I know I do. After all, dreams sometimes come true. This is a lovely tale to snuggle with family and a cup of hot cocoa, in front of a cozy fire, on Christmas Eve.
Listen to the Ghost Secrets I Have Kept
An inspiring book for all children Dec 7, 2007
The book is about a 8 year old girl Melina and how she regains her confidence that she can indeed learn the violin through some stratagems of her wonderful teacher Andrea.
When Melina starts losing her self-confidence, Andrea disguises herself as an old woman and tells Melina that her violin will become magical. And the child trusts the old woman and regains her confidence, which is of course the real magic.
The story of course only hints at this stratagem of Andrea and thus the children who read the book will really enjoy the old woman, the hamster and the midnight magic so beautifully described in the short but sweet story.
The book is printed well, edited well and the illustrations are very appealing.
All in all, an excellent book for gifting to a child in this festive season.