Anna Maria's Gift by Janice Shefelman
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Reissued with a fresh look and added content, the Stepping Stones History series is kid-friendly and Common Core ready!
When Anna Maria’s father dies, she moves to an orphanage in Venice. Though she misses her father, she knows he will always be with her, as long as she has his beautiful violin. Luckily, the orphanage is also a renowned music school, with a teacher who is none other than composer Antonio Vivaldi. But when her violin is stolen, Anna Maria must search Venice’s bridges, streets, and canals. Will she ever find it—and can she ever be happy in Venice without it? This lyrical historical-fiction story captures Venice, the joy of music, and how kindness can make a scary new place feel like home.
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About Janice Shefelman

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Janice Shefelman's love of children's books from an early age led to careers as a teacher, a librarian, and a writer. Her first book, A Paradise Called Texas, was a Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee. Since then she has written dozens of children's books. She lives in Austin, Texas.
Published April 12, 2010 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 114 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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Shortly after her father’s death, Anna Maria is sent to study violin at the Pietà, an orphanage and music school for girls in Venice.

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Not wanting to leave her home and go to a strange place, Anna Maria has found solace in the violin her father made for her before his death.Anna Maria is accompanied to Venice by Sister Bianca, a former orphan herself, and the young girl is befriended by gondolier Francesco, who assures her that ...

Apr 27 2010 | Read Full Review of Anna Maria's Gift (A Stepping...

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