Overview

When Anna Maria's father, a famous violin maker, dies, she is sent to live in the Pieta, an orphanage in Venice. Though she misses her father, she knows he will always be with her, as long as she has the beautiful violin he crafted for her.

Luckily, the Pieta is not just an orphanage—it’s also a renowned music school whose teacher is none other than composer Antonio Vivaldi. When Anna Maria becomes his star pupil, another orphan’s jealousy ...
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Anna Maria's Gift

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Overview

When Anna Maria's father, a famous violin maker, dies, she is sent to live in the Pieta, an orphanage in Venice. Though she misses her father, she knows he will always be with her, as long as she has the beautiful violin he crafted for her.

Luckily, the Pieta is not just an orphanage—it’s also a renowned music school whose teacher is none other than composer Antonio Vivaldi. When Anna Maria becomes his star pupil, another orphan’s jealousy leads her to throw Anna Maria’s precious violin into the canals. With help from her beloved teacher and new friends, Anna Maria searches Venice’s bridges, streets, and canals, but it seems hopeless. Will Anna Maria ever find her father’s violin?


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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Anna Maria, a young girl who is a gifted violinist, lives with her father in Italy in 1715. When her father, who is a famous violin maker, dies, she is sent to an orphanage in Venice. All that remains of her former happy life is the violin that her father made for her, one that "sings with his own voice." Nevertheless, Anna Maria finds some friends at the orphanage and quickly becomes the star pupil of the renowned composer Antonio Vivaldi, who teaches there. Trouble comes when a jealous schoolmate steals her violin and throws it into the canal. After several setbacks, Anna Maria finds her violin and she and the jealous schoolmate make peace with one another. At the end of story, Anna Maria takes part in a concert and is certain that she will be happy playing her violin at the orphanage. This book will appeal especially to girls with an interest in music or in Italy. The story has many references to Italian culture and religion, and a glossary is provided to help readers with specialized terms and words. There is also an historical note at the back that explains the true story of Antonio Vivaldi and his connection with the orphanage in Venice, a story that is worthy of a book of its own. Reviewer: Leona Illig
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Gr 3–5—A tender story about love and loss. Anna Maria, the nine-year-old daughter of a gifted violin maker, is sent to live and study at the Pietà, an orphanage in Venice, after her father dies. The violin prodigy flourishes under the tutelage of maestro Antonio Vivaldi but suffers a devastating blow when a jealous classmate throws her precious violin into a canal. What follows is a compelling lesson in selflessness and forgiveness. Shefelman's style is light, simple, and pleasing, and she has placed a cast of likable characters in a lovely setting. There is a brief glossary of musical and religious terms as well as a closing note about the actual Pietà and Vivaldi's stint as an instructor there, making this a good cross-curricular tool in addition to an engaging read.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375898280
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM)
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,078,084
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Janice Shefelman’s love of children’s books from an early age led to careers as a teacher, a librarian, and a writer. Her first book, A Paradise Called Texas, was a Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee. Since then she has written dozens of children’s books. She lives in Austin, Texas.


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