Another Band's Treasure
A Story of Recycled Instruments
by Hua Lin Xie
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Pub Date 04 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 31 May 2023
Lerner Publishing Group, Graphic Universe ™
In a small village in Paraguay, Diego dreams of giving music lessons to the children he sees each day. The only problem: there aren't enough instruments to go around.
But when he and Nicolas, a carpenter, look to a nearby landfill, they see instruments in the making. Soon, a paint can, a wooden plank, and a faucet knob become the start of a violin—and their recycled instruments give the kids in town new ways to express themselves.
Inspired by the true story of La Orquesta de Instrumentos Reciclados de Cateura, Hua Lin Xie's first graphic novel is a big-hearted ode to the power of music.
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Average rating from 15 members
This is a great story about the value of recycled items and how a community of children created musical instruments from recycling piles at the local dump site. It also gives a glimpse into Paraguayan culture and is told in graphic novel format which appeals to a broader group of readers.
Another Band's Treasure is a treasure. I love this story. I had heard about the true story that this book is inspired by. Reading the book has made it all the more special. The best part about the book is the story. The art is good too. I love that when the violin is made, it is the only thing that is in color in the entire book. This is the story about a small town in Paraguay. There is no school so the children don't have anything to do. A local man decides that he wants to teach the children music. At first, he doesn't think children will come but then they show up. His class is so popular that there are not enough instruments. They make instruments out of garbage from the local dump.
I would read this story to my 3rd through 5th grade special education students. I recommend this book to anyone 3rd grade and up. It is a beautiful story of perseverance, kindness, and creativity.
Reading this book will definitely put a smile on your face.