Written by: Susan Hood
Illustrated by: Sally Wern Comport
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books
Ada Rios lived in a town filled with garbage. Each day she would watch the garbage trucks pour out garbage into the landfills and watch the recyclers search the garbage to see what trash would become their treasure. She grew up with her mom, dad, sister and Grandmother Mirian. Her family loved music. Her grandmother sang rock and rock tunes and her dad would listen to the radio and name the instruments played. Grandma signed up her granddaughters, Ada and Noelia for music lessons with Favio Chavez. But they discovered there were not enough instruments for all the students. Mr. Chavez asked Mr. Gomez to help him make instruments from recycled trash. He made violins, cellos, flutes, and guitars. And so the recycled orchestra was born.
The story tells the tale of poverty, hard work, determination and manners. Music was a way for Ada to escape her troubles and dream of a better life. Her hard work payed off allowing her to be a first violinist at the age of 11 and as she grew she performed with others at concert halls. I enjoyed this story because like rag to riches story it teaches us that it isn’t so important where began as it is how willing we are to determine where we will end.
I strongly recommend this book to all readers age 8 and older. The illustrations captured the text beautifully. I give this book five stars.
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