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Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln (edition 2019)

by Margarita Engle (Author), Rafael López (Illustrator)

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"As a little girl, Teresa Carreño loved to let her hands dance across the beautiful keys of the piano. If she felt sad, music cheered her up, and when she was happy, the piano helped her share that joy. Soon she was writing her own songs and performing in grand cathedrals. Then a revolution in Venezuela forced her family to flee to the United States. Teresa felt lonely in this unfamiliar place, where few of the people she met spoke Spanish. Worst of all, there was fighting in her new home, too--the Civil War. Still, Teresa kept playing, and soon she grew famous as the talented Piano Girl who could play anything from a folk song to a sonata. So famous, in fact, that President Abraham Lincoln wanted her to play at the White House! Yet with the country torn apart by war, could Teresa's music bring comfort to those who needed it most?"--… (more)
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Title:Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln
Authors:Margarita Engle (Author)
Other authors:Rafael López (Illustrator)
Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2019), Edition: Illustrated, 40 pages
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Tags:Venezuela, Pura Belpre Award, Refugees, War, Civil War, History, Latinx Excellence, Music, Piano, Successful Women, 2010+, 2019

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Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln by Margarita Engle

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This would be a good book for intermediate students. This book tells the story of Teresa Carreno, as she found her love for playing the piano when she was a little girl. War came to her country and she fled as a refugee to the United States, war has a grasp here as well as she struggled to find her passion for playing amidst the ongoing Civil War. Carreno became known as the Piano Girl, and went on to perform for President Lincoln at The White House, where she brought peace to a family that had just mourned the loss of their son. This book was very helpful because it tells the true story of a talented girl, who used her skills to bring happiness into the live of others. I would use this book in a read-aloud when we were having a music lesson, because it shows how powerful music can be.
  ledambrockman | Apr 9, 2021 |
Primary-Int. This is a biographical tale of piano prodigy, Teresa Carreno, whose family fled Venezuela to escape war only to arrive in the U.S. in the midst of the Civil War. Word of her piano talents spread, even to the White House. This book is wonderful to use in a multitude of lessons, music, history, or Civil War history.
  sarahcasimes | Apr 8, 2021 |
This book is suitable for primary aged students. It is about a young girl Teresa who uses music as a way to bring comfort and joy to those around her. She was asked to play piano for President Abraham Lincoln, at the time of war. This book conveys the power and beauty of music. It shows how music can bring unity and hope to the darkest times, even war. I would include this picture book in my classrooms library. I think the message of music that it conveys is important for students to read and relate to. I would include it for those students who need help finding hope in dark times or for students who are lovers of music. ( )
  emilyfdubois | Apr 7, 2021 |
Dancing Hands is about a young refugee, Teresa Carreno. She was a talented musician and played the piano for Abraham Lincoln. She uses music as a way to cope with her family's immigration. I would recommend this book for grades 3-5th grade. I think this book can be a powerful reminder of how to cope with feelings.
  Elliemangan | Mar 9, 2021 |
This is a Pura Belpre Award Winner. It won the medal for illustrations in 2020. This story would be great for intermediate students.

This book is about a littler girl from Venezuela. She loves to play the piano. She used music to express her emotions and she thought it was magical. She found herself having to move because of the war. The war was very scary and her family had to rush to a ship and come to New York. She felt like she didn't belong, but she still had her music. She played and played and was soon known by many as the piano girl. She began to travel all over and preform. President Lincoln asked her to come and preform for his family. This book also includes a historical page that gives more information about what was going on in the world at this time.

I liked this book. It talks about so many things that are good for our students to learn and understand. This book gives a person experience of a refugee, the war and Abraham Lincoln. This would be a good book to read when talking about any of these topics, it talks about all of these things and implements them and what they mean in a story line that is interesting and easy to track. This is a great way to introduce these topics to your students. ( )
  julia.rexine | Mar 6, 2021 |
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"As a little girl, Teresa Carreño loved to let her hands dance across the beautiful keys of the piano. If she felt sad, music cheered her up, and when she was happy, the piano helped her share that joy. Soon she was writing her own songs and performing in grand cathedrals. Then a revolution in Venezuela forced her family to flee to the United States. Teresa felt lonely in this unfamiliar place, where few of the people she met spoke Spanish. Worst of all, there was fighting in her new home, too--the Civil War. Still, Teresa kept playing, and soon she grew famous as the talented Piano Girl who could play anything from a folk song to a sonata. So famous, in fact, that President Abraham Lincoln wanted her to play at the White House! Yet with the country torn apart by war, could Teresa's music bring comfort to those who needed it most?"--

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