Thursday, December 1, 2011

Review: The Doll Violinist by Mayra Calvani

The Doll Violinist by Mayra Calvani
Published: September 2011
Published by: Guardian Angel Publishing
Illustrated by: Amy Cullings Moreno

Five days before Christmas, Emma is captivated by a doll in a shop window. Each day, she sneaks out of the orphanage to check if it's been sold, but the shopkeeper, Madame Dubois, sends her away. Will the magic of Christmas bring Emma, Madame Dubois, and the doll violinist together?

Suggested for readers 4-8; 26 pages

My thoughts:
Emma has a special connection to a beautiful doll with a violin. Every day she checks to make sure the doll is still in the shop window. Emma is an orphan and has no way to buy the doll, but she still hopes that she will get it. This is a heartwarming and inspiring story about the true meaning of Christmas. It is beautifully written and illustrated. This will appeal to all little girls, who will probably want this read to them over and over. Definitely one to add to your reading list for Christmas.

About the author:
Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, and Bloomsbury Review, among many others. Her love for the violin has inspired her to pen three “violin” children’s picture books: The Magic Violin, Frederico the Mouse Violinist, and now the latest, The Doll Violinist.
Visit her website, MayrasSecretBookcase, join her mailing list and receive the first two lessons of her popular Walking on a Rainbow Picture Book Workshop free!
You may also visit Mayra at, join her mailing list and receive her FREE ebook, Reviewers Talk About Their Craft, as well as the first lesson from her Slippery Art of Book Reviewing Workshop.
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This book was provided by the author's publicist.


  1. Hi T.K.

    Thank you for taking the time out to read and review Mayra's latest children's book. Your review is wonderful.

    All the best,

  2. Thank you for the glowing review!




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