Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin
by Chieri Uegaki
illustrated by Qin Leng
Book Jacket Summary
Hana has signed up to play the violin at the talent show, even though she's only had three lessons. Her brothers predict disaster. But Hana practices and practices, inspired by her grandfather, or Ojiichan, who played the violin every day when she visited him in Japan. As Hana takes the stage, doubt is all she can hear, until she recalls her grandfather's words of encouragement, and shows the audience how beautiful music can take many forms.
Hana wants to be a violinist but only has three lessons under her belt. When her school hosts a talent show Hana knows she has to participate by playing her violin. She is inspired by her Ojiichan (grandfather) who she visits in Japan and is a famous violinist. He not only plays the usual classical music but plays the world around him. This is what Hana does. She not only uses her bow but plucks the crickets that chirp at night. Hana uses her learning to give a unique performance for her school.
This is the cutest book and has a great feel! I like how Hana is unsure but sees her family, friends, and imagines her Ojiichan to comfort her before the ominous performance. The brothers are typical brothers that tease Hana about her lessons and cover their ears and run away. For such a short book a lot happens. Hana's grandfather plays an important role as her inspiration and this relationship is not often explored enough in children's books. Especially because he lives in Japan and Hana in America. He is far away but close in her heart. This book will inspire and entertain children who might have stage fright too! Works on all levels!
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