Ada’s Violin – The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

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Author: Susan Hood

Illustrator: Sally Wern Comport

Genre: Nonfiction, Informational

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers: New York, NY

Awards: NCTE Orbis Pictus Award 2017, Recommended Book
New York Public Library 2016 Best Books for Kids, Nonfiction
2017 Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, Younger Readers

Themes: Poverty, Resourceful, Creativity, Musical, Change

Summary: Imagine living on a pile of trash. Everything is dirty, broken, and ugly. A man given direction and a girl with a dream changed the way a village looked at their homes. Instead of a pile of trash, something beautiful comes from the midst of it. A sound so delightful that it goes even beyond the landfill.

Response: How did this book make you feel? How does it relate to your own experiences? Did you make any connections to other books you have read?

This book made me feel hopeful because in the midst of what does not look like an ideal situation can be created something beautiful. In life everyone has choices to make daily. We are handed situations and decide how we respond to them. This book shows the silver lining and how the choice to make change can affect one person or even an entire community. This story gives hope to people in poverty and perspective in other situations.

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