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|Dancing hands : how Teresa Carreno played the piano for President Lincoln|
Author: Engle, Margarita
The story of Teresa Carreno, a child prodigy who played piano for Abraham Lincoln.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (06/01/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/07/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 06/01/2019 Engle and López pair up again to bring equality to the arts in this picture-book biography of pianist and composer Teresa Carreño. More detailed than their Pura Belpré Honor Book, Drum Dream Girl (2015), the lyrical, imagery-rich text alternates between prose and free verse as it describes Teresa’s early childhood in Venezuela in the mid-1800s. When a revolution tears through the country, the young prodigy and her family move to New York, where she feels like an oddity and where a civil war also wreaks havoc. Concerts around the world, however, spare the newly proclaimed “Piano Girl” from much of this pain. An invitation from the White House to play for the grieving President Lincoln and his family almost turns disastrous due to a poorly tuned piano, but Teresa’s perseverance saves the evening in the story’s climax. Patterned mixed-media illustrations use color to evoke the lushness of Venezuela, the darkness of war, and the beauty of music. Concluding with a historical note, the biography’s vibrant images and language form a melodious composition. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.