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The Piano

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Author(s): Chari Smith
Illustrator(s): Elle Smith
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Copyright Year: 2022
ISBN/ISSN: 9781684338740
REVIEWED June 1, 2022
Rating: Recommended
Recommended Grade Levels: PreK-2

Written by a mother/daughter duo who wanted to share their love of music with young readers, this picture book is told from the perspective of the titular piano. When Katie arrives and begins to play, the piano feels great. It thinks, "I'm home." As she grows and practices, her music becomes better and better. However, one day Katie suddenly disappears, and the piano gets sadder and sadder. One day the piano hears movement, gets covered up, and is loaded into a moving truck. It wonders what's happening. Then it finds itself in a new house and hears a wonderful, familiar voice and realizes Katie is now a piano teacher. Happiness! The colorful illustrations complement the storyline well. They are bright and swirling just like music is, especially when the piano is happy. The color palette changes as the piano's mood does, a visual touch which will help young readers understand the changing tones of the story. Readers will enjoy hearing from the piano and knowing that all ends well. The book will be a hit with aspiring musicians, especially those who have already made a connection with their instrument.

Melinda W. Miller, PreK-12 Library Media Specialist, Colton-Pierrepont Central School, Colton, NY
Publisher's Product Description
The friendly piano is thrilled when a young musician named Katie first presses its keys. As Katie and the piano become daily companions, her musical skills grow and grow. Together they play beautiful music to match her every mood. But when Katie moves away for college, the piano is left behind, untouched and silent. What happens next helps the piano-and young readers-see learning as a never-ending cycle and music as a life-long source of joy.
Media Type: Book, eBook
Binding: HC
# Pages: 38
Price: $19.95
Genre: Children's Books
Sub-Genre: Picture Books