Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

hana hashimotoYoung Hana has signed up to play her violin in her school’s talent show, but she has only had three lessons. Her brothers tease her and suggest that she will be a disaster. Hana remembers her visit to her grandfather, Ojiichan, in Japan. He played Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Bach on his violin in the symphony orchestra in Kyoto. He also played songs about crows cawing, crickets chirping, and raindrops falling on oil-paper umbrellas. On the day of Hana’s performance, she plays her best (gambarunoyo) and surprises everyone – even herself. The beautiful illustrations, rendered in pencil and colored digitally, weave in special details and scenes from Japan. Music notes float through the air in this delightful story about determination and the importance of music. mjw
Title: Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin
Author: Chieri Uegaki
: Qin Leng
: Kids Can Press Ltd., Toronto
: 2014
Original Language
: English
ISBN: 978-1-894786-33-1
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
: Picture book
Author’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Author’s residence
: Canada
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Chinese
Illustrator’s residence
: Canada
Awards:  2015 USBBY Outstanding International Books Grades PreK-2, 2015 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award
: Creativity, Grandfathers, Japan, Language, Music, Perseverance, Talent shows, Stage fright, Violin

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