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Waiting to Sing

Howard Kaplan

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ISBN 10: 0789426153 / ISBN 13: 9780789426154
Published by DK CHILDREN, 2000
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Title: Waiting to Sing

Publisher: DK CHILDREN

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1st - may be Reissue.

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A family that loves music and spends many hours at the piano is devastated by the death of the mother, but those still living find consolation in the beautiful music that also remains.

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Kindergarten-Grade 4-A gentle story about childhood loss and healing. Life is idyllic for the family in this book and music provides the joyous center of their home life. The father teaches his son to play the piano and an encouraging mother is always present in the background. When she becomes ill, she asks the boy to play her favorite song, "F?r Elise." After her death, a melancholy silence pervades the house. Time passes and one day the boy hears his father play "F?r Elise." The two then play the piece together, and the song unites them as they begin their healing: "It was our way of crying, the way it had once been our way of laughing." This story is unapologetically sentimental but rich in graceful metaphors and imagery. (Musical notes on a score "-looked like a thousand birds had landed in front of us.") Blondon's dreamy, stylized pastel illustrations on handsome oatmeal-hued paper are arresting yet affectingly appropriate to the tone. The luminous palette is suffused with warmth from soft rose to glowing gold. Though not as subtle in its details, this is reminiscent of Libba M. Gray's My Mama Had a Dancing Heart (Orchard, 1996) in the mood of tender reminiscence it evokes. An afterword provides a note about "F?r Elise." This picture book will be appreciated for its solemn but straightforward presentation of a father and son coming to terms with their grief.
Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Greenwich, CT
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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