________________ CM . . . . Volume XXI Number 8 . . . . October 24, 2014


Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin.

Chieri Uegaki. Illustrated by Qin Leng.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2014.
32 pp., hardcover & eBook, $18.95 (hc.).
ISBN 978-1-894786-33-1 (hc.).

Grades 1-2 / Ages 6-7.

Review by Teresa Iaizzo.

*** /4



Ojiichan played every morning. From his study, the clear, bright notes would drift upstairs, through the shoji screen doors to where Hana slept on sweet-smelling tatami mats, and coax her awake as gently as sunshine.

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin recounts the story of a little girl who decides to enter her school's talent show. Her talent, playing the violin. Well, not exactly. You see, Hana has only had three lessons. When she reveals her intentions to her brothers, they laugh so hard that they almost fall out of a tree.

internal art      However, Hana is determined to showcase her skills. She remembers the first time she ever held a violin in Japan with her Ojiichan (grandfather), and she decides to practice every day. Although Hana is not the best violinist, her determination takes her all the way to her school's talent show.

      On the big day, Hana has a case of the jitters just as she is walking onto the stage to perform. Fueled by her loved ones (who are looking on), and especially by memories of her Ojiichan, Hana performs her heart out.

      Filled with lyrical prose and vivid illustrations, Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin transports the reader from Ojiichan's home in Japan to Hana's school auditorium. Uegaki's lyricism can be found in each and every page as she describes the feelings and emotions that are inspired by Ojiichan's (and by extension, Hana's) violin. Her prose is equally matched by Leng's illustrations. Understated yet powerful, Leng's drawings capture the beauty and simplicity that come with Hana's love of music.

      Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin is ultimately recommended for all music lovers, no matter how many lessons they've had, and to the artists (and grandparents) that have inspired them.


Teresa Iaizzo is a Senior Library Assistant with the Toronto Public Library.

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