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Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri…

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

by Chieri Uegaki

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Hana Hashimoto signs up for the school talent show to play her violin. She's only had three lessons, and her brothers constantly remind her that she's not good enough yet. Hana's memories of watching her grandfather during a recent trip to Japan inspire her. She's determined to practice everyday, just like her grandfather. When the talent show finally arrives, she gets nervous, but imagines that her grandfather is there to encourage her. She doesn't play like you'd expect; instead she plays her violin with a special twist.

This story shows the reader that it's possible to work hard at something, no matter the discouragement of others, and to overcome obstacles. Hana's connection to her Japanese grandfather highlights the special bond that children can have with their grandparents, as well. ( )
  CathyInWA | Jul 20, 2017 |
Hana wants to be an exceptional violinist like her grandfather but she has just begun her lessons. This book allows the reader to understand that like art, music is very much what is perceived by the listener. Hana plays the music that she loves that she finds right outside her front door. This book encourages children to step up and do what they love. ( )
  Pfefferk | Apr 23, 2017 |
  Bookman1954 | Oct 23, 2015 |
What a delightful story! Little Hana, with knobby knees and bangs (you gotta love her!) adores her grandfather Ojiichan, who is an accomplished violinist. Hana wants to play the violin like her grandfather AND enter a talent contest.

The book begins with her memories of her visit to her grandfather in Japan. He lives in a traditional Japanese home with shoji screens and tatami mats. Hana was mesmerized by the sounds of nature that her grandfather could reproduce on his violin such as "the sound of raindrops on an oil-paper umbrella".

We wonder, how can Hana enter a talent contest with so little time to practice playing?

I love the illustrations in this book. I've been to Japan on several occasions and they brought back wonderful memories. The image of Hana waking up in her grandfather's traditional house as well as the picture of her peering into the water puddle and holding a red oil-paper umbrell were two of my favourite images. The two page wide illustration of Hana standing on the stage and trying to overcome her stage fright had my heart pounding for her.

This story teaches perseversence and courage. The loving encouragement from her parents encouraged her to persevere with her goal to learn the violin.

I would recommend this book to all my friends with children.
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  redhead.with.book | Jun 26, 2015 |
Inspired by her grandfather, a professional violinist, Hana sings up to perform at the school talent even though she's had only a few lessons. A wonderful story that will especially resonate with readers who suffered stage fright. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
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