Everyday Tony Galla-Rini goes to school. He carefully learns his alphabet when he's in school, just because he loves to learn. One day when he runs home, his mother meets him with surprising news. Tony's father is sending for him. The third child in a family of seven children, Tony won't be able to go back to school, even though he is only seven years old.
Tony's mother puts him on a train leaving his home in Manchester, Connecticut and bound for far away Cheyenne, Wyoming. He misses school, but he's excited to see the buffalo and Indians outside as his train whizzes past. When he arrives in Cheyenne, his father and two older sisters are there to greet him. Victoria and Clotilda are already part of their father's vaudeville act, which has taken them all over America. Now Tony will be, too.
Instead of going to school now, Tony learns to play many instruments, such as the cornet, flute, piccolo, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, and more. Even though he works hard to learn music, he also tries to find time to continue learning to read. Will he ever get a chance to learn all of the things he wants to know?
Sharon K. Riddle and Nancy I. Sanders have joined forces to tell famous musician Anthony Galla-Rini's story from childhood to adulthood, a journey very different from that of children of today. In "Tony Loved to Learn," readers will discover that nothing can deter an individual when he keeps his determination to learn alive.
Publisher: Olive Leaf Publications
Source of review copy: Nancy I. Sanders
The author provided a free copy of "Tony Loved To Learn," which was used for review. No payment was made in exchange for review or mention of this book.