Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln

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 Carreäno 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?

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    • ISBN-13
      9781481487405
    • Weight
      0.9 lbs
    • ISBN-10
      148148740X
    • Item #
      55408
  • Category
    Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Age Group
    6 to 8 yrs
  • Grade Level
    K-2
  • Language
    English
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Theme 1
    Biography & Autobiography
  • Theme 2
    History
  • Detailed (BISAC) Subject/Theme
    United States - Civil War Period (1850-1877)
  • Awards
    Pura Belpre Award
  • Author
    Engle, Margarita
  • Lexile Level
    1260 NC
  • AR Level
    5.5
  • Dewey
    b
  • Publisher
    Simon & Schuster
  • Publication Date
    8/27/2019
  • Pages
    40
  • Dimensions
    0.4 H x 10.6 L x 8.9 W
  • Case Qty
    50

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