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Sing to the Stars

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ISBN 10: 0316082244 / ISBN 13: 9780316082242
Used Condition: Acceptable
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Cover has some rubbing and edge wear. This is a retired library book with typical wear/markings. Bookseller Inventory # 2Y680G000HVQ

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Title: Sing to the Stars

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A story about two African-American friends who learn that music speaks best when somebody listens. When Ephram strolls home after his violin lesson, he is amazed that blind Mr Washington can recognize the rhythm of his walk, until he learns that he was once a famous jazz pianist.

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 3-In a moving story thematically reminiscent of Emily Arnold McCully's Mirette on the Highwire (Putnam, 1992), a young boy helps a blind pianist to play again after a long, grief-induced hiatus. On his way home from his violin lesson, Ephram is greeted by Mr. Washington, who encourages him to perform at an upcoming neighborhood concert in the park. The boy's grandmother tells him the story of Flash Fingers Washington, who "played hot, joyful jazz and cool, soulful blues" until an accident killed his little girl and left him without his sight. When a brownout leaves the concert in darkness, the two musicians proceed to the stage and perform "Amazing Grace" together. The prose has a beautiful cadence, and the contrast of city sounds with the suggestion of gentle violin music is effective. Mr. Washington's heightened sensory perception that compensates for his blindness is subtly established. The muted tones of the pastel chalk art reach to the ends of every page. They blend and balance dark browns and blacks with soft pinks, lavenders and blues, and bright greens and yellows. The sketches are impressionistic, with details only suggested, and the effect is breathtaking. A lovely book.
Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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