My Friend the Piano by Catherine Cowan. il Kevin Hawkes.
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books/William Morrow and Company: NY, 1998.

A girl and her piano celebrate music together until her mother decides she should take lessons. The piano refuses to play drills. When her parents decide to sell the piano, the girl helps the piano escape, with a flying chase through the town.

Hawkes's paintings convey the celebration of the "symphonies," the personification of the piano, and the excitement of the story. The brilliance of the colors also adds to the mood. The drawing style is similar to Weslandia, also illustrated by Hawkes.

related-piano, music, sound, piano lessons, composing
RL=2nd-3rd, read aloud preK-1st

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