Dancing Hands
In soaring words and stunning illustrations, Margarita Engle and Rafael López tell the story of Teresa Carreño, a child prodigy who played piano for Abraham Lincoln.As a little girl, Teresa Carreño loved to let her hands dance across the beautiful keys of the piano. If she felt sad, music cheered her up, and when she was happy, the piano helped her share that joy. Soon she was writing her own songs and performing in grand cathedrals. Then a revolution in Venezuela forced her family to flee to the United States. Teresa felt lonely in this unfamiliar place, where few of the people she met spoke Spanish. Worst of all, there was fighting in her new home, too—the Civil War.Still, Teresa kept playing, and soon she grew famous as the talented Piano Girl who could play anything from a folk song to a sonata. So famous, in fact, that President Abraham Lincoln wanted her to play at the White House! Yet with the country torn apart by war, could Teresa’s music bring comfort to those who needed it most?

Dancing Hands Details

TitleDancing Hands
Author
ReleaseAug 27th, 2019
PublisherAtheneum Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781481487405
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Music, Biography, History, Nonfiction

Dancing Hands Review

  • Natalia Sylvester
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so beautifully written & illustrated—the language leaps off the page as vibrantly as the illustrations, with a wonderful message of how courage, hope & kindness carry us far in difficult times. I love how the author explored the duality of light & darkness in life, the way they coexist and create music out of our joys & sorrows.
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  • Bookishrealm
    January 1, 1970
    Dancing Hands..Wow...this was such an informative picture book. Honestly, before reading this book I had never heard of Teresa Carreno or that she played the piano for President Lincoln during the Civil War. I was amazed at how young and talented she was and how she had to escape war from her home country of Venezuela only to come to the United states to become immersed in our own civil war. I found everything about this book fascinating. My only criticism is the simplicity with which the Emanci Dancing Hands..Wow...this was such an informative picture book. Honestly, before reading this book I had never heard of Teresa Carreno or that she played the piano for President Lincoln during the Civil War. I was amazed at how young and talented she was and how she had to escape war from her home country of Venezuela only to come to the United states to become immersed in our own civil war. I found everything about this book fascinating. My only criticism is the simplicity with which the Emancipation Proclamation was handled. I think that Engle did not present the document in its true form. It was stated on one page that the Emancipation Proclamation freed all slaves and this simply isn't true. It may seem small to some readers, but as someone who received a degree in history, I think that it is important that our children receive access to historical information with as much accuracy as possible. If not, we run the risk of perpetuating falsehoods that are carried into adulthood. Other than that, I thought that the book was amazing and the artwork truly spoke to the narrative of the book.
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  • Margie
    January 1, 1970
    A lot of people have playlists of music they prefer. Some will have multiple playlists; one for exercise, one for creativity, one for concentration or relaxation. Different music speaks to different people at different times. Conversely a certain song or musician can connect and has connected with thousands of people during human history.In the United States of America, for four years (and truthfully for some time before and after), this nation was torn by the Civil War from April 12, 1861 to Ap A lot of people have playlists of music they prefer. Some will have multiple playlists; one for exercise, one for creativity, one for concentration or relaxation. Different music speaks to different people at different times. Conversely a certain song or musician can connect and has connected with thousands of people during human history.In the United States of America, for four years (and truthfully for some time before and after), this nation was torn by the Civil War from April 12, 1861 to April 9, 1865. In December of 1853, on a different continent, a baby girl was born. Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreno Played The Piano For President Lincoln (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, August 27, 2019) written by Margarita Engle with illustrations by Rafael Lopez is the story of this musically gifted child who helped heal a grieving parent and national leader and his family. One person can and will continue to make a difference. My full recommendation: https://librariansquest.blogspot.com/...
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  • Jana
    January 1, 1970
    This awesome picture book biography tells the inspiring story of Teresa Carreno, a little girl who fled war-torn Venezuela with her family to become a famous piano player during the nineteenth century. Music was the centerpiece of Carreno's life, and when the family was forced to move to New York where everything was so different and lonely for them, music helped them cope. Eventually word spread about this little girl's talent and she was asked to come to the White House to play for President A This awesome picture book biography tells the inspiring story of Teresa Carreno, a little girl who fled war-torn Venezuela with her family to become a famous piano player during the nineteenth century. Music was the centerpiece of Carreno's life, and when the family was forced to move to New York where everything was so different and lonely for them, music helped them cope. Eventually word spread about this little girl's talent and she was asked to come to the White House to play for President Abraham Lincoln. Gorgeous illustrations and a compelling narrative style will make this a good nonfiction resource to have on the shelf.
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  • Lorie Barber
    January 1, 1970
    The glorious marriage of lyrical words and vibrant illustrations makes this biography about bravery & hope one of the best picture books of the year. Bravo, Margarita Engle & Rafael López!!!
  • Mrs. Krajewski
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful words for a beautiful story.
  • Quetzalli Luera
    January 1, 1970
    The illustrations are gorgeous, the writing is okay.
  • Lisa D
    January 1, 1970
    What a beautiful seldom heard story. Loved it! beautifully illustrated!
  • Edward Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    The story of Teresa Carreño, a Venezuelan child prodigy who played piano for Abraham Lincoln. The highlight here are the glorious illustrations by Rafael López.
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