Play for Me, Peter
By Carol Selick, Blueberry Illustrations (Illustrator)
"Play for Me, Peter" by Carol Selick is a heartwarming story about Peter, a young boy inspired by his Grandpa Henry's piano playing. After Grandpa's passing, Peter discovers a hidden envelope filled with money, which he realizes is his grandfather's gift for him. With this newfound encouragement, Peter begins his musical journey, taking lessons from Mr. Wally at a local music store. Through dedication and practice, Peter learns to play a wide range of songs, from classical compositions to jazz and boogie-woogie. As he progresses, he brings joy to his Grandma, who can't help but dance to his music.
"Play for Me, Peter" is a touching tale that beautifully captures the transformative power of music and the legacy passed down through generations. The author, Carol Selick, weaves a narrative that resonates with the magic and connection found in music. The relationship between Peter and his late Grandpa Henry is portrayed with genuine emotion, emphasizing the deep impact that a loved one's passion can have on a young heart.
The story's progression, from Peter's initial fascination with Grandpa's playing to his determined pursuit of learning, is a testament to the importance of mentorship and encouragement. The inclusion of music theory and Peter's progression through different genres adds depth to his musical journey, showcasing the dedication and effort required to become proficient.
The character of Grandma is a heartwarming presence, providing support and love as Peter navigates his musical endeavors. Her dancing in response to Peter's playing is a touching symbol of the joy and connection that music can bring.
Overall, the story is a delightful read that celebrates the power of music to inspire, connect, and heal. It encourages young readers to pursue their passions with dedication and offers a touching portrayal of the enduring impact of a loved one's legacy. This book is a wonderful choice for anyone who appreciates the beauty and significance of music in our lives.
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