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The Magic Violin
Ana & Andrew are learning to play the violin! They are excited to join the youth orchestra. At first it is fun. But when they start to lose interest, Ana & Andrew learn from an important African American about the importance of practicing. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2020 by Calico Kid
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Read this one to the kids, and it’s just ok. I do like how it features a Black family and discusses Black history. There are a couple parts that are particularly annoying with this series: the brother’s wiggle dance, which the first instance I read of it I was thinking ‘oh, that’s cute’ but then he does it again and again, in every story multiple times. Now the author’s style just grates on me. Also, the sister’s doll. Not a fan of it.
Christine Platt is a literacy advocate and passionate activist for social justice and policy reform. She holds a B.A. in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida, M.A. in African and African American Studies from The Ohio State University, and J.D. from Stetson University College of Law. A believer in the power of storytelling as a tool for social change, Christine’s literature center ...more