The Orphan Singer

  • Title: The Orphan Singer
  • Author: Emily Arnold McCully
  • ISBN: 9780439192743
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Unlimited The Orphan Singer - by Emily Arnold McCully - The Orphan Singer, The Orphan Singer Nina is born to a poor but loving family that can t bear to see their daughter s gift for music go to waste So they make the difficult decision to give her up to the care of the famous Pieta orphanage
    Unlimited The Orphan Singer - by Emily Arnold McCully - The Orphan Singer, The Orphan Singer Nina is born to a poor but loving family that can t bear to see their daughter s gift for music go to waste So they make the difficult decision to give her up to the care of the famous Pieta orphanage

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    About Emily Arnold McCully


    1. Emily Arnold McCully received the Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire The illustrator of than 40 books for young readers, she divides her time between Chatham, New York, and New York City.


    201 Comments


    1. In the ospedalo, foundling girls received the best musical training in Europe But the school accepted only orphaned babies Later the talented ones were picked for the choral school I learned something And the art is well done the story is good This is a keeper The Author s Note at the end provides additional, and much appreciated, information.

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    2. Liked the subject of this book the Pieta orphanage in Vienna The storyline itself was weak.

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    3. Brief Review I felt that this was a very sad book It was a historical fiction book based in Italy in the 1700s In the book, a family decided to give up their daughter to the orphanage in order for her to be able to be taught to sing because they realized that she was very gifted I think I would use this for a somewhat older audience of children because the concept of a family giving up their child may be hard to grasp for some I thought that the book had a much deeper plot than some children s b [...]

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    4. The Orphan Singer is a grand, emotional story about a poor family of street performers living in Italy during the 1800s The boy of the family is a singer non pareil, but with no money to aid the expansion of his abilities, his parents know that their son will never reach the pinnacle of his art form When a second child with powerful singing ability is born to the family, a girl named Nina, the new baby s mother and father decide that they cannot allow another musical virtuoso to fade away before [...]

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    5. This beautiful picture book is a wonderful read aloud story for young children as well as a great introduction to the long lost culture of the Venetian ospedali The book does not attempt to be an historical documentary, but rather a touching story that will appeal to little ones sensibilities The author s note at the end accurately explains the history behind the story, which parents can gradually explain to children as their interest develops.What a marvelous companion this book would be to an [...]

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    6. This story tells about one orphaned girl who grew up in an ospedalo, a musical orphanage You ll learn about many children were musically trained and grew to be the greats in the opera houses of the eighteenth century.Ages 5 8Cleanliness the little girl doesn t always obey Like my reviews I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too These reports give a complete break down of everything in the book, so you ll know just how clean it is or isn t I also have Clean Guides downloadable PD [...]

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    7. Based on historical fact, Venetian ospedales took in orphaned girls to train for musical performances They were exposed to the best education, professors, and music Italy had to offer during the early 18th century This is the story of young Nina, whose family brought her to the ospedale to allow her musical destiny to be realized Nina remembers her family and is devoted to them nonetheless Used for An Actor s Life for Me Sing, Act, Dance Storytime October, 2010

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    8. Interesting history and story It would be so heartbreaking to give up your child in order to let him or her develop a talent And I like the fact that Nina not only developed her musical talent, but grew in character, too, showing selflessness and love towards her family.

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    9. Historical fiction tells of the life of the girls of the Pieta, where Vivaldi was the musical director and girls received the finest musical training in Europe Beautifully illustrated by the author.

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    10. This book is a good example to children of how a family sacrifices for each other out of love It also portrayed a family in a different culture of a lower economic status which many students could relate to in America today.

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    11. I really like this book because its shows the importance of a family connection I also like it because the theme isn t directly stated, but woven throughout the book.

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    12. This is a book I would love to add to my personal collection It is beautiful and tells a story about education for girls in a time when there weren t many options for them.

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