Song of Middle C by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Scott Menchin
A little girl is ready for her first piano recital. She's been practicing her piece called "Dance of the Wood Elves" for a long time, and she ready to show it off!
She's not even nervous, though her brother tries make her so. But she's okay, she has on her lucky hat, her lucky shoes, even her lucky underwear.
She's ready to go.
Performing last in a recital makes a recital seem quite long.
But, she's cool as a cucumber.
Or is she?
What I Thought: If you know someone who performs recitals, this is a great book for them. I love how the girl (who never reveals her name) is so excited for the recital and has practiced and practiced and visualizes little wood elves dancing around and is ready to go..then freezes at the recital.
Who hasn't been in a situation like that?
But, in the horror of the moment, the girl composes and though cannot remember her piece instead creates a dramatic piece using only the middle C. I love how she improvised and overcame instead of running off the stage in tears.
Which is what I probably would have done. (Or, what I have done...which is not do it at all.) This girl has a much better solution!
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