Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses

Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses; illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin. 2020. Jimmy Patterson Books; Little, Brown and Company.

Brief summary: A young girl and her guitar-toting father adventure into the countryside to get her mother at the farmer’s market before all three head to the fairgrounds where they sing together on stage.

Comments: Beautifully illustrated!

Note: Keep in mind that this book’s interpretation of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses has a different storyline. The song was about Axl Rose’s girlfriend, Erin Everly. Before I knew the original story behind the song, I always thought it was talking about a parent’s love for his child just like the illustrations do in this picture book.

Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood

Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood

Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood; illustrated by Sally Wern Comport. 2016. Acrylic glasses and paints, collage, drawings, and digital mediums then used on stipple paper.

Brief summary: Ada Rios lives in a town of trash where garbage trucks dump up to 1,500 tons of it a day.  Gancheros (recyclers) go through the bags looking for anything to sell. Favio Chavez, a music teacher, comes to teach musical instruments, but there are not enough to go around and too expensive for the students to take home to practice. He goes to the gancheros of Cateura to ask for their help in making instruments from bits and pieces of materials found in the trash. With a strict schedule of practice, the students excel and become famous performing all over the world.

Comments: What an inspirational story! Great book to share in music class. Click here for more information about the orchestra. There is an author’s note explaining the city and orchestra.