The Little Piano Girl

The Little Piano Girl

[the Story of Mary Lou Williams, Jazz Legend]

Book - 2010
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What if you loved music more than anything? Suppose you had just learned to play the piano. Imagine that your family has to move to a new city and you have to leave your piano behind. People don't like you in the new city because of what you look like. How will you make yourself feel better? Mary Lou Williams, like Mozart, began playing the piano when she was four; at eight she became a professional musician. She wrote and arranged music for Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, and was one of the most powerful women in jazz. This is the story of Mary Lou's childhood in Pittsburgh, where she played the piano for anyone who would listen.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2010, c2009.
ISBN: 9780618959747
Branch Call Number: J 786. 2092 WIL I
Characteristics: [32] p. : col. ill.


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Oct 18, 2010

Ingalls and Macdonald do a great job presenting a vivid storyline of a young girl who loves music. While Mary Lou Williams grew up to be a jazz legend on the piano, this story shows a young girl with a dream that she follows to the end. An inspiring tale of determination and passion, young children will enjoy the book that is sure to teach them to follow their dreams. The illustrations add beauty and personality to the story, enhancing the moods and emotions of the time. While the story presents a true story with a historical background, kids won’t be too bogged down in the details as they enjoy the story of a young girl just like them.

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Jan 09, 2017

lynblodgett thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over


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