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Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin
By (author): Chieri Uegaki Illustrated by: Qin Leng
9781894786331 Hardcover, Picture book English Juvenile: Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts / Music Aug 01, 2014
$18.99 CAD
Active 9 x 10 x 0.38 in | 0.93 lb 32 pages Kids Can Press
 
Governor General's Literary Award, Children's Literature Illustration, Canada Council 2014, Short-listed First & Best List, Toronto Public Library 2014, Short-listed Top Children's Books of 2014, Metro News 2014, Winner Ezra Jack Keats Book Award for New Writer, The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation 2015, Winner USBBY Outstanding International Books, honor list, International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) 2015, Winner Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, Picture Book Category, Asian Pacific American Librarians Association 2014, Winner Notable Books for a Global Society (NBGS) List, Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group 2015, Winner Top 2014 Mighty Girl Books For Younger Readers, A Mighty Girl 2014, Winner 2014 OLA Best Bet List for Children, OLA's Canadian Materials Committee 2014, Winner Maine State Chickadee Award, Maine Association of School Libraries (MASL) 2015, Short-listed Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize, West Coast Book Prize Society 2015, Short-listed CCBC Choices , Cooperative Children's Book Center 2015, Winner Chocolate Lily Book Award, Picture Book Category 2015, Short-listed
In this beautifully written picture book, Hana Hashimoto has signed up to play her violin at her school's talent show. The trouble is, she's only a beginner, and she's had only three lessons. Her brothers insist she isn't good enough. ?It's a talent show, Hana,? they tell her. ?You'll be a disaster!? Hana remembers how wonderfully her talented grandfather, or Ojiichan, played his violin when she was visiting him in Japan. So, just like Ojiichan, Hana practices every day. She is determined to play her best. When Hana's confidence wavers on the night of the show, however, she begins to wonder if her brothers were right. But then Hana surprises everyone once it's her turn to perform --- even herself!

The Asian American female protagonist in this story offers a unique perspective, and bestselling author Chieri Uegaki has woven in lyrical scenes from Japan that add depth and resonance. The details in the artwork by Qin Leng connect the two places and contain a feeling of melody throughout. In the classroom, this book could serve as a celebration of music and performing arts, multicultural studies or the importance of intergenerational relationships. It is also a fabulous character education tie-in for discussing courage and perseverance. This terrifically inspiring book offers hope and confidence to all children who are yearning to master something difficult. Perhaps even more important, it allows children to see that there is more than one way to be successful at a task.

Chieri Uegaki is a graduate of the creative writing department at the University of British Columbia. Suki's Kimono is her first published work. She lives in Sechelt, British Columbia.

Qin Leng was born in Shanghai, China, and later moved to France and then Montreal, Canada. She now lives in Toronto, Canada, with her twin sister and works as a designer and illustrator. Her books have been nominated for numerous prizes, including the prestigious Governor General's Literary Award.

And that, folks, is how you tell a completely charming yet refreshingly unsentimental tale of an intergenerational bond of love.
The Horn Book Magazine

Combining a love for music, artful storytelling, and beautifully evocative visuals, this will likely inspire young musicians to discover how to use their nascent skills creatively.
Booklist

Hana's clever triumph is testament to her inventiveness, perceptiveness, and dedication.
Publishers Weekly

Learning to do something new and how to apply yourself and perseverance are applications that can be drawn from this book.
Resource Links

The quiet story would make a fine addition to most libraries.
School Library Journal

This sweet multicultural story will resonate with anyone who has experienced stage fright.
Kirkus Reviews

Uegaki's book is winning in every possible way ... Hana displays courage, creative problem-solving and lots of spunk.
Kirkus Reviews

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