Frederico, The Mouse Violinist (Book Giveaway)
February 17, 2011 in Calvani Mayra, Elementary Educators, Making Predictions, Picture Book, Prediction Skills, Preschool to 1st grade teachers Tags: Book Giveaway Contest, fantasy picture books, Picture books about music
I am very excited to let people know about this book! It is perfect for music teachers and kids who love music. The best part is the author, Mayra Calvani, is giving away one copy of this book to a lucky commenter. So, for a chance to win this book, leave a comment below by Sunday, Feb. 20 at 8pm CST. Please only United States and Canada addresses. Now, on to the book. . .
*Picture book for preschool through second grade, fantasy
*A mouse as the main character
*Rating: What a clever idea for a picture book, and the illustrations by K.C. Snider are so cute, too!
Short, short summary: Frederico the mouse lives in the workshop of the famous violin player, Antonio Stradivari. He likes to watch Stradivari create his famous Stradivarius violins. He practiced playing the big violins at night when he was alone. One night, Stradivari hears him, but the mouse doesn’t know. After that, the luthier works on a very small and special project, which the mouse is dying to figure out what it is.
So what do I do with this book?
1. Use the material in the back of the book for extension activities. There’s a bio about Stradivari, a search-a-word puzzle, violin vocabulary, and a matching game.
2. Let students predict what they think Stradivari is working on. Ask them to support their predictions with clues from the text.
3. Study instruments in the string family. Ask students to create posters and make a list of distinguishing characteristics. Listen to the string family if possible!
Don’t forget to leave a comment below for the contest!