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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Read The World - Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay - Paraguay

Book: Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay
Author: Susan Hood
Pages: 40
Book takes place in the country: YES
Author is from the country: NO
I have visited: NO

This is my 30th read for the year.  I finished it on 2/27/2019

Yes, this is a children's book.  I did read it with my children last evening, and we all really enjoyed it.  I wanted it for my Paraquay book because I knew the story.  I have seen the story on TV, and found it amazing, so I knew it would be a nice add to my collection.  My kids were fascinated with it.  And then we watched the You Tube video about the story, and that wrapped it all up nicely for them.  It is truly inspriational.

If you want to see the video, please click HERE

This is the true story of a little girl who grew up in Cateura, Paraguay, in a landfill.  She always wanted to play the violin, but in this part of the world, a violin would cost more than a house.  One day, a music teacher named Favio Chavez came to the area.  He brought with him the few instruments he had.  Not enough to go around, he - and the folks in the landfill - went through the trash and found what they needed to make various instruments.  Thus, the Recycled Orchestra was born.  The children practiced for hours a day and now they travel the world as an orchestra inspiring everyone.  

It is truly amazing what they were able to create out of trash.  My parents are music teachers, and I grew up in a world surrounded by expensive instruments, concerts, and full orchestras.  When I saw this video for the first time, I was blown away by the sound that came out of the instruments that were made from trash in the landfill.  Even my kids, when they watched the children play were astounded.

A wonderful, inspiring tale, it is one for the shelf.  For sure.  It is beautifully illustrated and well written.  This is a story for all ages.

Stars: 4 1/2


  1. Isn't this a cool book and an amazing story??? I read this to my daughter at the library a month or so ago, and we came home and watched the video. What a strong-willed group of kids, and such a great group of adults surrounding them, working so hard to give them the gift of music that will take them out of their town. I teared up so many times watching that video. I'd never heard of this before reading the book, but I'm in utter awe.

  2. I love this book! I also like Stephanie ^ read it to my daughter and she was fascinated by it!! Not to mention I couldn't imagine playing a violin not made of wood, I bet it sounds so neat!