Author: Secor, Ketcham
Pa Paw and Lorraine always lift their spirits by playing music together, but their instruments are missing when a fearsome storm hits the Tennessee hills.
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School Library Journal (00/10/18)
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School Library Journal - 10/01/2018 K-Gr 3—Roots musician Secor uses his experience with rhythm and rhyme to tell this story of an African American girl and her grandfather in rural Tennessee. Set sometime in the indeterminate past, the story follows the pair as they spend time making music, he on a harmonica and she with a penny whistle. "Even when storms hit those Tennessee hills, the music they played made their worries stand still." When shiny things around the house begin to go missing, they are curious; and one night, during a storm, they discover that their beloved instruments have disappeared, too. How will they get through the storm without the distraction of making music? By singing, of course. After the storm, a fallen tree exposes all the missing items, stolen and then hidden by a crow. Bond's realistic paintings skillfully evoke Lorraine's spirit and the loving relationship she shares with her Pa Paw. VERDICT This bouncy tribute to Southern folkways and intergenerational relationships is an additional purchase.—Lisa Lehmuller, Paul Cuffee Maritime Charter School, Providence - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.