Author: Say, Allen
The New Girl at school plays the violin so beautifully that Almond gets lost in the music, but she also feels sad because she does not know if she herself has any talent at all--until the school play, when with the encouragement of her mother, her teacher, and the New Girl, she finds she has a talent for acting.
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Booklist - 01/01/2020 All children have innate talents, but when the New Girl comes to school, her ability on the violin is so phenomenal that Almond can see the bees flying high and low from flower to flower when she plays “Flight of the Bumblebee.” Is she a genius? Discouraged, Almond thinks her only talent is her beautiful hair, which caused the teacher to ask her to be Rapunzel in the school play. But Almond turns out to be a natural actress, and the audience claps and claps. Almond discovers that her ability to pretend and use her imagination can make her soar. She has the power to be anything she wants! Throughout, Almond’s expressive body and face are charged with feeling; she is by turns downcast, pensive, hopeful, or ecstatic. The talented Caldecott Medal winner’s illustrations in charcoal, pastel, and photography employ both backgrounds and close-ups of the New Girl and Almond, two appealing Asian American girls. An inspirational jumping-off point for all children who seek to discover their own special abilities and gifts. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.