Tadpoles on the Piano by Rita Tornqvist

October 30, 2008 at 10:45 am | Posted in Books, Fiction, Library_News, Music, Reviews | Leave a comment

This book is a little gem I found in the Young Adult’s stack when doing some work down there recently.

It’s about a young girl with a big imagination being forced by her mother to take piano lessons, not that she doesn’t like playing the piano – she loves it.  But playing the piano according to those rigid lines and notes on the page is just not her thing.

Fortunately she has a very wise and imaginative music teacher who uses unorthodox methods to bring out the best in her musical abilities – much to the disapproval and impatience of her mother, who just wants her to play a set piece at a family birthday party.

There is another little boy learning from the same teacher and his mother is annoyed that he won’t play from his imagination, but sticks rigidly to the lines and dots on the page.

The teacher plans a piano recital for all his pupils and their parents, and it is at this event that the real power of music is displayed with much hilarity.

A must-read for all parents contemplating sending their child to music lessons, and an inspiration to the children being sent.

Reviewed by Glenda.

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