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The Music in Derrick's Heart

by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert

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A boy named Derrick is starting his summer break and the old man Uncle Booker T. promised to teach him how to play the harmonica. Derrick wants so much to play as well as Uncle Booker T but it is taking too long for him, Uncle Booker T tells him to slow down and don't rush he will get there. Finally at the end Derrick is able to feel the music in his heart and play amazing music.

Ages: Elementary

Source: Pierce College Library
  syntaxerric | Oct 22, 2013 |
This book is about a boy and his old uncle who is teaching him how to play harmonica. This is a heart warming story that would make anyone appreciate the special people in their lives and always be thankful. ( )
  atlomas | Feb 1, 2012 |
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The Music in Derrick's Heart is a story of a young African-American boy who is introducted to the wonders of the harmonica. Derrick's uncle, Booker T., had promised to teach him to play the mouth harp during the summer. While instructing Derrick his uncle reminds him, playing music is about more than skills: "You've got to feel it in your heart." Derrick spends his days practicing and his nights are spent with the harmonica taped to his heart or head. Then one morning, Derrick's uncle receives a visit from ol' Arthur, arthritis with all its aches and pains. Derrick soon discovers that music has healing powers if played from the heart. This was a great intergenerational story about passing your gift on to the next generation.
By Felita Yarbrough (Birmingham, AL)
Sept 29, 2000
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Uncle Booker T., who makes magic by playing his harmonica music from his heart, spends the summer teaching Derrick how to play.

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