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Frederico, the Mouse Violinist (Violin Picture Book Trio)

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Frederico is a tiny mouse with a big dream: he wants to become a violinist. Each day he watches as Stradivari makes his famous violins. Each night, he sneaks into the workshop to play. But the violins are too big! Then, unbeknown to Frederico, Stradivari sees him playing and begins carving a tiny device. Could it be a famous Strad especially for Frederico? Suggested age fo ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 24 pages
Published November 18th 2010 by Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
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Penelope Anne Cole
Mayra Calvani’s charming picture book, “Frederico, the Mouse Violinist,” illustrated by K.C. Snider, is a loving tribute to violinists, violins, and their makers, most especially the great Antionio Stradivarius. This is a sweet story of a music-loving mouse who lives in the workshop of Stradivarius and even learns how to play the violin. In the end Frederico receives a unique gift—one to fulfill his biggest dream.

K.C. Snider’s beautiful artwork is one amazing painting after the other. She puts y
Jun 21, 2011 Gmr rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all ages
First, let's talk about the artwork, after is a storybook and part of the overall magic is definitely the pictures. The illustrations have an older quality to them but not in the sense of merely aged by years. I'd liken the effects to that of wine aging....years pass and yet the quality only improves; the final product gaining more value. The shading and color palette used whisk the imagination away to this workshop of old and place you by the candle's light to explore the musical ench ...more
Kathy Stemke
Mayra Calvani combines the curiosity and playfulness of Frederico the mouse with the history and genius of Antonio Stradivari, the famous violin maker, to tell a delightful story of kindness and friendship. Children will learn music vocabulary and the parts of the violin as they follow Frederico’s nightly escapades.

Curious Frederico peeked into the f-hole and looked inside the violin.

“This is the secret, magical place where sound comes out!” he squeaked.
The realistic, yet whimsical, illustratio
Frederico, the Mouse Violinist is an absolutely wonderful children’s picture book. Through a delightful story, the author teaches about the world’s most famous violin maker, Antonio Stradivari, along with various parts of the violin.
But, what has a mouse to do with Stradivari and violins? Well, Calvani cleverly weaved a story that has Frederico living in the home where Stradivari creates his masterpieces.
Loving the violin, the mouse wished he could play. At night while the master slept, Frederi
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Frederico, the Mouse Violinist

Author: Mayra Calvani

Illustrator: K.C. Snider

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing Inc., 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-61633-113-9 (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 978-1-61633-114-6 (Paperback)

ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-125-2 (eBook)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

Frederico, the Mouse Violinist (published in 2010 by Guardian Angel Publishing Inc., 12430 Tesson Ferry Road #186, Saint Louis, Missouri 63128). Do you know where some of the best known and most expensiv
Tina Peterson
I have a soft spot for String Instruments and when Frederico, the Mouse Violinist came out introducing kids to the wonder and beauty of the violin I had to ask my good friend Mayra if I could share it with my readers.

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 defin
I have to say this is the most adorable book I've seen in a long time. It's interesting and attractive. The illustrations are so cute, and the story itself is high quality. I used to read a book called The Church Mouse over and over again when I was about seven because I loved the story and the pictures. This is one of those kinds of books that a kid would ask to have read to them over and over again, or a kid would just look at because the pictures are so intriguing. There is a lot a child can ...more
Jennifer Gladen

Frederico the Mouse Violinist is a fascinating picture book about a mouse and a dream. Living in the workshop of the famed violin designer Antonio Stradivari, Frederico watches the talented designer craft spectacular violins. Wanting to learn more, at night he explored and learned to play the instruments. Little did he know, someone was watching and would surprise him with a special gift.

This was a heartwarming picture book to be enjoyed again and again. I like how the educational components ti
If you love playing the violin you will love reading about Frederico the Mouse who watches as Antonio Stradivari the famous Italian violin maker skillfully work on a violin. Author Mayra Calvani gave us a historical and educational background about Antonio Stradivari, the world’s most famous violin maker and the name parts of a violin. Also loved the seek and find words at the end of the story. Great illustration by K C Snider. I highly recommend this book.

The former violin teacher in me really liked this book because it introduces all the parts of the violin. This book is not published by a major publisher and suffers from poor font choice and lack of professional polish, but overall I would recommend this book, especially to children who are learning to play stringed instruments. The story is cute and my kids liked it.
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Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, and Bloomsbury Review, among many others. When she’s not writing, reading, editing or reviewing, she enjoys walking he
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