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Baby Wren and the Great Gift

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Baby Wren and the Great Gift
by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by Jen Corace
Zonderkidz, 2016

A sweet, thoughtful book about a baby wren alone in the canyon who learns of her talent and its importance in her world.

Written as a poem, with repetition for the young ones, the baby wren wonders why he couldn’t dive like the kingfisher, or why he couldn’t do cartwheels like a ring-tailed cat, or why he couldn’t swim like the sunfish.  But she soon learns that when she quietly watched the canyon turn pink for a very long time,

…what she saw couldn’t fit inside her
it bumped into her heart
it dazzled in her eyes
…until with all her tiny might
[she] sang
by herself
a song.

And so she learns that her song is wonderful and bigger than the whole canyon!

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Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin
by Chieri Uegaki, illustrated by Qin Leng
Kids Can Press, 2014
2015 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award

A story of a gentle spirit who creates a brilliant way to succeed at her dream, despite her newness to the craft.

After three lessons on her violin, Hana decides she want to be in the talent show.  Her brothers laugh at her and say she will be a disaster.  But inspired by her grandfather, a 2nd violinist for a great symphony orchestra in Japan, she pursues her dream.  She remembers her grandfather’s beautiful music she woke to each morning when she visited him last summer.  She also remembers the fun sounds her grandfather made in the evening for her brothers and her.  She practices and practices for the show.  The day of the show she is scared.  Thinking her brothers were right, she wants to turn into a “grain of rice and slip between the floorboards.”  Imagining her grandfather sitting before her for support, she shares with the audience music they can enjoy and she can perform, even as a beginner. Everyone enjoys her performance.  When she and her family return home, her brothers ask for an encore!   Find out what she does to succeed as a beginner!

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