Abandoned at the orphanage in Venice as a baby, Laura is mute. Her life is transformed when the composer Vivaldi unlocks her passion for music. The seasons turn, dark turns to light and miracles happen
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This is a spectacular book ... it is part social history, part mystery and part haunting love story ... A quiet, heart-soaring triumph
The Big Issue||Ray's illustrations are exquisite. A very special present for music-loving readers aged seven and above
The Times||Award-winner Kevin Crossley-Holland is a beautiful writer and this haunting story is simply stunning. Destined to be a future classic, it is complimented by the exquisite illustrations by Jane Ray
Manchester Evening News||Crossley-Holland's limpid prose matches Ray's diaphanous watercolour images perfectly, evoking 18th-century Venice in all its gaudy grandeur and bringing to life someone who would not otherwise have been even a footnote in history
Financial Times||A ravishing object and a touching poetic tale ... Altogether lovely
The Sunday Times||This is a jewel of a book carefully crafted by two experienced master storytellers who have worked together to create a memorable life affirming story based around the power of music to transform lives.
The Letterpress Project||Vivaldi's Four Seasons provides the background to an elegant story of a mute girl's discovery of her voice.
Irish Times||A lovely curiosity ... This is Kevin Crossley-Holland's take on her story, with poinant, detailed drawings by Jane Ray
The Spectator||This very special short novel is a work that could surely unlock poetry in the soul of the most pragmatic reader