El violín de Ada: La historia de la Orquesta de Instrumentos Reciclados del Paraguay (Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay)

By: Susan Hood

Illustrator: Sally Wern Comport

Cateura, Paraguay: Ada signs up for violin lessons, but there’s a shortage of instruments. So the teacher uses the town’s landfill to transform oil drums into chelos, water pipes into flautas, and packing crates into guitarras. Author’s note. Resources for further information. Sources. Full-color illustrations were created from a hybrid technique of collage, acrylic glazes and paints, drawings, and digital mediums, then executed on stipple paper.

ISBN: 9781481466578

JLG Release: May 2016


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Ada Maribel Rios Bordados , Orquesta de Instrumentos Reciclados Cateura , Cateura, Paraguay , Orchestra , Asunció,n, Paraguay , Orchestral musicians , Landfills , Family life , Neighborhoods , Favio Chá,vez , Music lessons , Homemade instruments , Music concerts

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  • An inspiring, true account of ingenuity in the face of hardship. Rather than be discouraged by a shortage of instruments for his music class, Favio Chávez found the upside of living in a “town made of trash.” With others’ help, he made oil drums into cellos, pipes into flutes, and crates into guitars: “Inventar i
  • An inspiring, true account of ingenuity in the face of hardship. Rather than be discouraged by a shortage of instruments for his music class, Favio Chávez found the upside of living in a “town made of trash.” With others’ help, he made oil drums into cellos, pipes into flutes, and crates into guitars: “Inventar instrumentos no era fácil. Pero revolvieron y probaron y volvieron a probar hasta descubrir con qué materiales daban en la clave.” (“Inventing instruments wasn’t easy. But they fiddled around, discovering which materials hit just the right notes.”)
  • Readers will become invested in—and moved by—Ada’s personal story. It is satisfying to see Ada finally get her violin: “Sin valor para los ladrones, era invaluable para ella. ¡Era su propio violín!” (“Worthless to thieves, it was invaluable to her. It was a violin of her very own!”)
  • It’s heartwarming to learn about the orchestra’s success. Since its humble beginnings, the now world-touring orchestra has expanded into a world-touring organization of two hundred students and over twenty-five instructors. And they pay it forward, too: some of the concert proceeds are used to help families in Cateura rebuild their homes and relocate out of the village’s flood zone.
  • The atmospheric artwork is vibrant, featuring a collage element that highlights the trash-to-treasure theme. Spreads that show the orchestra opening for a rock band palpably express the students’ energy and excitement.
  • Book Details

    ISBN

    9781481466578

    First Release

    May 2016

    Genre

    Nonfic

    Dewey Classification

    Trim Size

    10" x 10"

    Page Count

    40

    Accelerated Reader

    Level 0; Points: 0;

    Scholastic Reading Counts

    Level 0; Points: 0;

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    Level

    Format

    Print Book

    Edition

    Hardcover edition

    Publisher

    Simon & Schuster

    Potentially Sensitive Areas

    No sensitive areas

    Topics

    Ada Maribel Rios Bordados, Orquesta de Instrumentos Reciclados Cateura, Cateura, Paraguay, Orchestra, Asunció,n, Paraguay, Orchestral musicians, Landfills, Family life, Neighborhoods, Favio Chá,vez, Music lessons, Homemade instruments, Music concerts,

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