The Little Piano Girl

The Story of Mary Lou Williams, Jazz Legend

By Ingalls, Ann & Macdonald, Maryann & Potter, Giselle

Publishers Summary:
What if you loved music more than anything? Suppose you had just learned to play the piano. Imagine that your family has to move to a new city and you have to leave your piano behind. People don’t like you in the new city because of what you look like. How will you make yourself feel better? Mary Lou Williams, like Mozart, began playing the piano when she was four; at eight she became a professional musician. She wrote and arranged music for Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, and was one of the most powerful women in jazz. This is the story of Mary Lou's childhood in Pittsburgh, where she played the piano for anyone who would listen.

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ISBN
978-0-61895-974-7
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on March 1, 2010

Gr 1-5 Based on the life of an African-American jazz legend, this appealing story offers insight into the making of a musician. At age three, Mary amazes her mother, a church organist, by playing back a tune as she sits on her lap. When the family moves from Atlanta to Pittsburgh during World War I, they must leave the organ behind, but that doesn't stop Mary from hearing music in her head. When a woman from church invites her in for some ice cream, the child can't help but notice the piano, ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2010

When her family moves to Pittsburgh, seven-year-old Mary must leave behind her beloved organ and cope with the "bad sounds"--unkin...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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