The Resource Playing from the heart, Peter H. Reynolds

Playing from the heart, Peter H. Reynolds

Label
Playing from the heart
Title
Playing from the heart
Statement of responsibility
Peter H. Reynolds
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Tone
Illustration
Review
  • Gr 3 Up—Young Raj toddles by his father past an unused piano in the living room, though as the years pass, he makes it to the bench, delightfully plucking individual keys until he grows tall enough to reach the sustain pedal. In a beautiful reflection on the illustrations as well as a nod to Reynolds's own personal story, "Raj notice[s] that he [can] mix the notes the way he mixe[s] his watercolors." Colorful notes on a flowing streak of yellow portray a nameless song that Raj produces, inspiring Dad to nurture that talent with piano lessons. Not all enthusiasts turn into prodigies, however, and formal training doesn't always fuel interest. Tiring of the precision and practice, Raj quits the piano and doesn't return until years later to be with his sick father, who makes a request for a song. When Raj is no longer constrained by notations or expectations, the nameless melody comes back, emphasizing the emotional connections music can make, not only within but with others. VERDICT Suitable for a wide age range of music lovers, this is a lyrical and lovingly illustrated story that tugs on the heartstrings.—Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library --Joanna K. Fabicon (Reviewed 04/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 4, p138)
  • Raj grows up with his father and a quiet piano. One day, when he is still young, he sits down and begins plunking away at the keys. As Raj gets older, he continues to play and experiment with the instrument. To the delight of his father, Raj is able to create beautiful music on his own. Raj's father hires a teacher to help the boy hone his natural talent. Though Raj becomes greatly skilled over the years, he also becomes weary of the work, and eventually, he stops playing altogether. Raj grows up and moves away, and the piano lies silent. When Raj learns that his father is not well, he returns home, and his dad asks him to play a song; not one he learned from a teacher, but the one that comes from his heart. Much like Reynolds' Ish (2004), this title encourages the free expression of creativity rather than a preoccupation with external form. Reynolds' signature mixed-media illustrations make deft use of white space and muted color to enhance the emotion of the text. Raj is depicted with a mop of black hair and light skin. The sentimentality of the grown child returning home to play for his aging father may be lost on children but will surely pull on the heartstrings of adults. A reminder (perhaps more to adults than children) not to stifle creativity but to let it flow from within. (Picture book. 5-9)(Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2016)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10481848
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1961-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Reynolds, Peter H.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pianists
  • Fathers and sons
  • Piano
Label
Playing from the heart, Peter H. Reynolds
Instantiates
Publication
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 x 20 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
32 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9780763678920
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2015937232
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o914289874
  • (OCoLC)914289874
Label
Playing from the heart, Peter H. Reynolds
Publication
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 x 20 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
32 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9780763678920
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2015937232
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o914289874
  • (OCoLC)914289874

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