Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

Chieri Uegaki
Qin Leng

In this beautifully written picture book, Hana Hashimoto has signed up to play her violin at her school's talent show. The trouble is, she's only a beginner, and she's had only three lessons. Her brothers insist she isn't good enough. “It's a talent show, Hana,” they tell her. “You'll be a disaster!” Hana remembers how wonderfully her talented grandfather, or Ojiichan, played his violin when she was visiting him in Japan. So, just like Ojiichan, Hana practices every day. She is determined to play her best. When Hana's confidence wavers on the night of the show, however, she begins to wonder if her brothers were right. But then Hana surprises everyone once it's her turn to perform --- even herself!

The Asian American female protagonist in this story offers a unique perspective, and bestselling author Chieri Uegaki has woven in lyrical scenes from Japan that add depth and resonance. The details in the artwork by Qin Leng connect the two places and contain a feeling of melody throughout. In the classroom, this book could serve as a celebration of music and performing arts, multicultural studies or the importance of intergenerational relationships. It is also a fabulous character education tie-in for discussing courage and perseverance. This terrifically inspiring book offers hope and confidence to all children who are yearning to master something difficult. Perhaps even more important, it allows children to see that there is more than one way to be successful at a task.

978-1-894786-33-1 | Aug 1, 2014
List Price: USD $16.99, CAD $18.99
4-color 9 x 10 32 pages
Grades: Pre-K To 3 / Ages: 4 to 8
978-1-77138-269-4 | Aug 1, 2014
List Price: USD $5.99, CAD $5.99

Awards & Reviews

“This sweet multicultural story will resonate with anyone who has experienced stage fright.”
— Kirkus Reviews, June 2014
“Hana's clever triumph is testament to her inventiveness, perceptiveness, and dedication.”
— Publishers Weekly, June 2014
“And that, folks, is how you tell a completely charming yet refreshingly unsentimental tale of an intergenerational bond of love.”
— The Horn Book Magazine, September 2014
“The quiet story would make a fine addition to most libraries.”
— School Library Journal, September 2014
“Uegaki's book is winning in every possible way ... Hana displays courage, creative problem-solving and lots of spunk.”
— Kirkus Reviews, September 2014
“Combining a love for music, artful storytelling, and beautifully evocative visuals, this will likely inspire young musicians to discover how to use their nascent skills creatively.”
— Booklist, November 2014
“Learning to do something new and how to apply yourself and perseverance are applications that can be drawn from this book.”
— Resource Links, February 2015
2015 - CCBC Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center, Winner
2015 - Chocolate Lily Book Award, Picture Book category, Short-listed
2015 - Ezra Jack Keats Book Award for New Writer, The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, Winner
2015 - USBBY Outstanding International Books, honor list, International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), Winner
2015 - Notable Books for a Global Society (NBGS) List, Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group, Winner
2015 - Maine State Chickadee Award, Maine Association of School Libraries (MASL), Short-listed
2015 - Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize, West Coast Book Prize Society, Short-listed
2014 - Governor General's Literary Award, Children's Literature Illustration, Canada Council, Short-listed
2014 - First & Best List, Toronto Public Library, Short-listed
2014 - Top Children's Books of 2014, Metro News, Winner
2014 - Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, Picture Book Category, Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, Winner
2014 - Top 2014 Mighty Girl Books For Younger Readers, A Mighty Girl, Winner
2014 - 2014 OLA Best Bet List for Children, OLA's Canadian Materials Committee, Winner

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