Fiction (Juvenile, Picture book)
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin
Illustrated by Qin Leng.
Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2014.
PZ7 .U274 H26 2014
Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)
In this beautifully written picture book, Hana Hashimoto has signed up to play her violin at her school’s talent show. The trouble is, she’s only a beginner, and she’s had only three lessons. Her brothers insist she isn’t good enough. “It’s a talent show, Hana,” they tell her. “You’ll be a disaster!” Hana remembers how wonderfully her talented grandfather, or Ojiichan, played his violin when she was visiting him in Japan. So, just like Ojiichan, Hana practices every day. She is determined to play her best. When Hana’s confidence wavers on the night of the show, however, she begins to wonder if her brothers were right. But then Hana surprises everyone once it’s her turn to perform — even herself!
Awards and Honours
2014 First & Best selection — Toronto Public Library
2015 Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize (BC Book Awards)(Finalist)