Piano by William Miller

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Tia loves music. She walks the summer streets searching for new sounds and different kinds of music that will transport her from the hot, dry town where she lives to imaginary places filled with castles, mountains, and deep snow.

One day, Tia wanders into the white section of town. Soon she is transfixed by a wonderful melody that drifts towards her from one of the houses. Without thinking, Tia accepts a maid's job from Miss Hartwell, the woman who lives there, just so she can hear more of the music.

The Piano is an uplifting story of caring, friendship, and the connections that can develop between people, no matter how different their ages and backgrounds.

 

About William Miller

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William Miller is a poet and the author of many children's books. He teaches creative writing and African American literature at York College of Pennsylvania.Leonard Jenkins is a fine artist who has illustrated several children's books, including Walter Dean Myers's Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly. He lives in New York City, where he teaches painting at the School of Visual Arts. Susan Keeter is a fine artist and illustrator with degrees in these subjects from Syracuse University. She illustrated "The Piano" by William Miller, which received the Best Picture Book Award from the Society of School Librarians International; and "Tippy Lemmey" by Patricia C. McKissack. Her paintings have been shown in both juried group shows and several one-person shows. Keeter lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband, Seth, and their daughters, Sara and Emma.
 
Published April 1, 2000 by Lee & Low Books. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Interior scenes of Miss Hartwell’s house give a sense of a well-to-do residence, while close ups of Tia and Miss Hartwell show the growing love between the two.

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On his way to claiming third place in the 1993 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, a 23-year-old Christopher Taylor impressed the jurors and the rest of us in attendance as much for his enterprising spirit as for the security of his playing.

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Publishers Weekly

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A cranky, curmudgeonly composer is the ostensible protagonist of this hilarious debut novel, a sendup of classical music conventions that begins when the obscure Simon Silber convinces his new biographer, first-person narrator Norman Fayreweather Jr.

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Publishers Weekly

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Tia, an African-American girl, loves music so much that ""when she heard music, she forgot where she lived, how old she was, and where she went to school."" One steamy summer day, walking through the white section of town in search of ""new sounds, different music,"" she hears a melody that makes...

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The Berkshire Review

Lucy Bardo, Viola da Gamba, with Anne Legêne, viola da gamba, and Larry Wallach, harpsichord in a program of music from the Baroque and the Twentieth Century at Simon’s Rock, Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 3 pm Tenores de Aterúe, Friday, November 30th at 8 p...

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The Berkshire Review

Lucy Bardo, Viola da Gamba, with Anne Legêne, viola da gamba, and Larry Wallach, harpsichord in a program of music from the Baroque and the Twentieth Century at Simon’s Rock, Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 3 pm Tenores de Aterúe, Friday, November 30th at 8 p...

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The Berkshire Review

Lucy Bardo, Viola da Gamba, with Anne Legêne, viola da gamba, and Larry Wallach, harpsichord in a program of music from the Baroque and the Twentieth Century at Simon’s Rock, Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 3 pm Tenores de Aterúe, Friday, November 30th at 8 p...

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The Berkshire Review

Michael Miller, Editor and Publisher of New York Arts and The Berkshire Review, an International Journal for the Arts, was trained as a classicist and art historian at Harvard and Oxford, worked in the art world for many years as a curator and dealer, and contributed reviews and articles to Bosto...

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The Berkshire Review

Perhaps the recital hall was a bit too large for the music, which is detailed and does not have the power of the Romantic piano pieces, but he adapted the music to the modern Steinway piano in creative ways which allowed it to take up more space while giving a more faithful impression than preten...

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The Berkshire Review

Lucy Bardo, Viola da Gamba, with Anne Legêne, viola da gamba, and Larry Wallach, harpsichord in a program of music from the Baroque and the Twentieth Century at Simon’s Rock, Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 3 pm Tenores de Aterúe, Friday, November 30th at 8 p...

Nov 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Piano

The Berkshire Review

Michael Miller, Editor and Publisher of New York Arts and The Berkshire Review, an International Journal for the Arts, was trained as a classicist and art historian at Harvard and Oxford, worked in the art world for many years as a curator and dealer, and contributed reviews and articles to Bosto...

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The Berkshire Review

Alan Miller is a graduate of the Sydney University Faculty of Architecture and holds a BFA in film from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

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