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Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

By: Chieri Uegaki

Illustrator: Qin Leng

Hana signs up to play violin at the talent show, though she’s only a beginner. Her brothers mock her lack of skill, but Hana practices hard, inspired by her virtuoso ojiichan. Full-color illustrations were rendered in pencil and colored digitally.

ISBN: 9781894786331

JLG Release: Nov 2014


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Violin and violinists , Talent shows , Sibling relationships , Practicing a musical instrument , Grandfathers , Nerves , Performing

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Awards & Honors

Winner, IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, 2015; 2015 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, Winner, Picture Book; The United States Board on Books for Young People, Outstanding International Books, 2015 Prek-2; 2015 Ezra Jack Keats Award, New Writer

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

During a summer visit to Japan with her older brothers, Hana Hashimoto listens attentively to the music of her grandfather. Each day, Ojiichan practices classical music he performed as a violist with a symphony, and in the evening, he creates sounds like crickets chirping or raindrops falling on umbrellas. Back home, Hana starts studying violin and During a summer visit to Japan with her older brothers, Hana Hashimoto listens attentively to the music of her grandfather. Each day, Ojiichan practices classical music he performed as a violist with a symphony, and in the evening, he creates sounds like crickets chirping or raindrops falling on umbrellas. Back home, Hana starts studying violin and after only three lessons signs up for the school talent show. Despite her brothers’ teasing, she practices diligently and overcomes last-minute jitters for a unique performance of sound effects that are inspired by Ojichan’s playing but that definitely are her own creations. This low-key story melds a number of themes without didacticism. Hana’s determination, hard work, and creativity are bolstered by her connections to her grandfather and supportive parents. Even her brothers ask for after-dinner encores following her success. Leng’s illustrations incorporate musical notes that link the lives of the grandfather and granddaughter. The illustrations also capture Hana’s emotions, particularly during the talent show. First, the stage stretches endlessly before her until she spots friends and family in the audience, then she imagines Ojiichan’s encouraging presence. The quiet story would make a fine addition to most libraries.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato

Horn Book

Despite her brothers’ teasing, little Hana plans to play her violin at the talent show. True, she’s only a beginner, but Hana is a stalwart and determined young lady, practicing every day and performing for any audience that will listen, including a framed picture of her grandfather. Ojiichan is her musical inspiration, a former orchest Despite her brothers’ teasing, little Hana plans to play her violin at the talent show. True, she’s only a beginner, but Hana is a stalwart and determined young lady, practicing every day and performing for any audience that will listen, including a framed picture of her grandfather. Ojiichan is her musical inspiration, a former orchestral violinist who, during Hana’s recent visit to Japan, played his instrument for her all through the day. In the genial, lighthearted illustrations, musical notes drift upstairs to wake Hana “as gently as sunshine”; waft through the “indigo evenings”; and cover her “like a blanket” as Ojiichan plays a lullaby. His violin also makes sounds—crickets, raindrops—and melodies that seem to encourage fireflies to dance. When Hana finally steps onto the talent-show stage (on a double-page spread that captures how long her walk to the microphone feels and the immensity of both stage and beyond), she is terrified. But she remembers her grandfather’s advice to do her best and proceeds to give an, ahem, memorable performance: Hana’s violin mimics the sounds of a (“squawky”) mother crow, a (yowling) cat, bees, cows, mice, frogs, and more. “And that,” she declares, “is how I play the violin.” The final illustration shows musical notes traveling out her bedroom window to Ojiichan. And that, folks, is how you tell a completely charming yet refreshingly unsentimental tale of an intergenerational bond of love. jennifer m. brabander

Book Details

ISBN

9781894786331

First Release

November 2014

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Fic

Trim Size

9" x 9"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.7; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Kids Can

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Violin and violinists, Talent shows, Sibling relationships, Practicing a musical instrument, Grandfathers, Nerves, Performing,

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