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Playing from the Heart

By Peter H. Reynolds
Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

Peter H. Reynolds composes a pitch-perfect tribute to the power of music and the everlasting bond between father and son.

An inspiring, moving story for budding musicians everywhere, the acclaimed creator of The Dot, Sky Colour and Ish tells the story of a father and son, who connect through the powerful language of music. When a young boy begins to play on his family’s piano, revelling in the fun of plunking the keys, his father signs him up for lessons so that he can learn to play properly. With his father’s encouragement, Raj learns notes, then scales, then songs, and finally classical pieces that his father can recognize and be proud of. But the more Raj practises and the more skilled he becomes, the less he enjoys playing – until he grows up and stops playing altogether. But when his father becomes ill and asks Raj to play for him, will Raj still remember how to play from the heart?

  • Peter H. Reynolds brings his much-loved trademark style to this moving story about the healing power of creative expression.
  • Perfect for any child who has ever played an instrument - or any parent who has urged his or her child to practise, practise, practise!
  • Will resonate with young musicians, reminding them to be playful and to channel joy, not perfection.

About the author

Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling illustrator who has created many acclaimed books for children. In addition to his Creatrilogy – The Dot, Ish, and Sky Colour – he is the author-illustrator of The Smallest Gift of Christmas, Rose’s Garden, The North Star, So Few of Me, and the illustrator of Megan McDonald’s Judy Moody and Stink series. About this story, he says: “I wanted to celebrate the natural energy and fearlessness that children are born with and encourage all of us, as we learn rules and techniques, not to forget that original joy." Born in Canada, Peter now lives in Massachusetts, in the USA. Find him online at www.peterhreynolds.com and on Twitter as @peterhreynolds.

ISBN: 9781406368406
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: April 1, 2016
Dimensions: 205 x 190mm, 32pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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