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!