Saturday, March 9, 2013

Anna Maria's Gift

Anna Maria's Gift by Janice Shefelman

Anna Maria's Gift

By Janice Shefelman

Summary: 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?
Genre: Juvenile, Historical Fiction
Published: April 27, 2010
Similar: Currently N/A
My Rating: 3 stars
Some books just don't need long reviews, so, here's mine in a nutshell.

This book was a cute little story about an orphan in Venice who learns the lesson of forgiveness. The characters were cute (cute just really describes this book best, sorry), and it was interesting to learn a bit about Vivaldi. Yay!...I really don't know what else to say about it. It was good, but definitely for younger readers, probably age 5-10 at most, which begs the question....why did my library shelve it in Young Adult? The world may never know.

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