What an awesome story!! Truly, out of trash comes treasure. In a town built on trash, literally on a landfill, ingenuity springs to craft the types of instruments that the residents cannot afford. This is the type of book that gives a great deal of information but still leaves me wanting more (in the best possible way). The author included information about a number of videos and websites to find more information that I intend to include here and check out as well. The illustrations by Sally Wern Comport have trash collaged throughout, specifically sheet music and faraway places, as if foreshadowing what is to come for the orchestra and Ada. The primary sources offer a teachable moment about how to incorporate interviews with the subject of research when the story is current.
Title: Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay
Author: Susan Hood
Illustrator: Sally Wern Comport
Published 2016 by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
This copy was borrowed from the public library for purpose of review.
*Better late than never, a copy was received from the publisher!