Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln
Illustrator: Rafael López
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?
Historical note. Full-color mixed-media illustrations.
JLG Release: Oct 2019
Awards & Honors
Kirkus Best Books - 2019
CSMCL Best Books - 2019
CPL Best Books - 2019
The Nonfiction Detectives Best Nonfiction Books - 2019
2020 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Winner
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Kirkus Reviews*, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book Magazine
10 1/2" x 9"
Level 5.5; Points: 0.5;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 11.9; Points: 3;