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Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

by Chieri Uegacki
Illustrated by Qin Leng

Published by Kids Can Press, 2014
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢴖94786331

Ages 4-8

Hana抯 decision to enter the school talent show is met with derision by her older brothers. 揑t抯 a talent show, Hana. 揧ou抣l be a disaster. It抯 true she抯 only had three violin lessons. But on their summer visit to Japan, their grandfather, Ojiichan, played for them every day. Hana抯 favorite was the song about a crow calling for her chicks. 揥henever Ojiichan played it, Hana would feel a shiver of happy-sadness shiver through her. She also loved the way he could make his violin sound like crickets or raindrops. She practices every day for the show, and when the time comes to step onto the stage, the sixth violin performance of the night, she抯 nervous but determined. She begins with three 搑aw, squawky notes to mimic the caw of a crow, followed by a 搕he sound of my neighbor抯 cat at night as she drags the bow across the strings in a 搚owl of protest. Hana also makes the sound of buzzing bees, squeaking mice, and croaking frogs before taking a bow. Not everyone can be a prodigy, but in a warm, refreshing, beautifully told and illustrated story, loving what you do is enough of a reason to share it.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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