Hood, Susan Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, illustrated by Sally Wren Comport. PICTURE BOOK. NON-FICTION. Simon & Schuster, 2016. $18.
Ada lives next to the garbage dump for Asuncion, Paraguay, where her family and many others eke out a living by sorting through the garbage for recyclables. When her grandmother hears about someone teaching music lessons, she sends Ada. Without enough instruments, however, there is no way for everyone to practice. Also, expensive instruments would be stolen in their impoverished village. Using the garbage around them, the fathers of the students and others build instruments for the children and they cobble together an orchestra and eventually get invited to play on world-wide stages.
This is the true, on-going, story of a group of children and the man who helped them find something more than lives filled with garbage. They are fundamentally changing their way of life. What an inspiration for young people and for adults. There are references included for news stories and youtube clips of the orchestra, so this would make an excellent lesson for any age.
EL, MS, HS – ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library teacher