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Anna Maria's Giftby Janice Shefelman
Synopses & Reviews
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?
Sent to a Venice orphanage when her famous violin-maker father dies, Anna Maria brings a beautifully crafted violin with her and becomes the star pupil of composer Antonio Vivaldi, inciting the jealousy of another orphan. By the author of A Paradise Called Texas.
In 1715 Italy, eight-year-old Anna Maria Lombardini arrives at a Venice orphanage with little but the special violin her father made for her, but when her teacher, Antonio Vivaldi, favors her over a fellow student, the beloved instrument winds up in a canal. Includes glossary and historical note.
About 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.
Table of Contents
A promise — Venice — The Pieta — First lesson — Night visitor — A fight — Confession — Voice in the night — A search — The Contarini Palace — Paolina — Finale.
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