Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday. For more great picture book reviews, hop over to Susanna Leonard Hill and a list of over 1000 reviews and activities on her blog.
The story I chose was inspired by a video I saw.
Don’t you wonder why music education is the first to go when school budgets are cut? The beauty of the video is as much in seeing the reactions of the children as it is to listening to the wonderful music.
And, after you read this picture book to your kids, perhaps they will be inspired as well.
Vivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra
Written and illustrated by Stephen Costanza
Publisher: Henry Holt (2012)
Ages: 4 and up
Music, cooperation, appreciating our talents, helping others
“In Venice of long ago, there lived a man who daydreamed in music.”
From Amazon: “Every day, Antonio Vivaldi composes a new orchestral piece, and every day, the orphan Candida transcribes Vivaldi’s masterpiece into sheet music for the Invisible Orchestra. Nobody notices Candida or appreciates her hard work.
But one day Candida accidentally slips a poem she wrote into the sheet music and the girl so often behind the shadows gets recognized for her own talents. Vivaldi really did have an Invisible Orchestra made up of orphan girls he taught to play. This beautiful book pays tribute to their inspiration.
Why I like this book:
- Great read-aloud
- Wonderful message about feeling appreciated
- Beautiful watercolor illustrations
- This author/illustrator also wrote Mozart Finds a Melody
- Great introduction to the importance of music for children
How a parent can use this book:
- Lovely read-aloud
- Talk about how we can let others know that we appreciate what they do
- Listen and move to classical music – attend a symphony or check out local library and college performances and take your child – you may awaken a desire in your child to learn more
- Ask your child what his talents are…many children are never given an opportunity to discuss their hopes and dreams and aspirations
Please visit the above link for detailed instructions and more!
For monthly music activities for kids, please check out Daria at Making Multicultural Music: http://www.dariamusic.com/monthly_song.php
Find instructions for making simple instruments and many other craft activities in my book on Amazon!
I also wanted to mention a couple of upcoming challenges for writers that are very exciting…I know there are others…but these are the ones I will be participating in:
- Susanna Leonard Hill’s March Madness Writing Contest: Deadline is March 24…if you’ve always toyed with the idea of writing a fractured fairy tale, here is your opportunity…top prize is to have a manuscript read by Karen Grencik of Red Fox Literary! http://susannahill.blogspot.com/2014/02/perfect-picture-book-friday-girl-who.html
- RhyPiBoMo: April 30 to May 3…if you already write in rhyme or ever thought you might take a stab at it, this is an event you won’t want to miss! http://angiekarcher.wordpress.com/rhypibomo-countdown/
- SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grants: If you are a member of SCBWI (you are, aren’t you?) you could win a pile of money for a great work-in-progress! http://www.scbwi.org/awards/grants/work-in-progress-grants/
- NaPiBoWriWee: Want an intense picture book writing experience? Sign up for Paula Yoo’s National Picture Book Writing Week, May 1-7…This will be my first time! http://paulayoo.com/napi/
I know there are a lot of other challenges coming up…if I missed a great one, why not share it in the comments?