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Waiting to Sing

Story

By Howard Kaplan, 1950-

The love of music connects a family, even one separated by a death.

"My family's story was played on the piano," the boy says. His father, a songwriter at heart, played "all the time," his wife standing at his side, the two of them singing. Eventually, son and father played, the boy's hands on the father's so they "traveled the path of the keyboard together." Painstakingly, the boy learned Beethoven's "Fur Elise." Always, even when she was not feeling well, his mother listened, appraised his playing. And then she died. This tender story, an ode to family as much as music, captures in mourning, the piano, like all members of the family, waits to "sing" "Fur Elise" again, and finally the boy, a little older now, hears from down the apartment hall the familiar E and D sharp, "like two friends calling out to one another." His father's hands have lifted. At the end of the story there is a note about "Fur Elise" and the meaning of absence and connection the famous piece had for the composer.

Format

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Publish Date

2000

ISBN

0789426153


Format: Book
Author: Kaplan, Howard, 1950-
Summary: A family that loves music and spends many hours at the piano is devastated by the death of the mother, but those still living find consolation in the beautiful music that also remains.
Title: Waiting to sing : story / by Howard Kaplan ; illustrated by Hervé Blondon.
Publisher Date: New York : DK Ink, 2000.
Subject: Piano -- Juvenile fiction -- Juvenile fiction. Music -- Juvenile fiction -- Juvenile fiction. Death -- Juvenile fiction Mother and child -- Juvenile fiction
Isbn: 0789426153
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 9
System Items Total: 9
Call Number: P Kaplan
Oclc: 42389512
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Bib Id: 150245

Format: Book
Author: Kaplan, Howard, 1950-
Summary: A family that loves music and spends many hours at the piano is devastated by the death of the mother, but those still living find consolation in the beautiful music that also remains.
Title: Waiting to sing : story / by Howard Kaplan ; illustrated by Hervé Blondon.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : DK Ink, 2000.
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Subjects: Piano -- Juvenile fiction -- Juvenile fiction.
Subjects: Music -- Juvenile fiction -- Juvenile fiction.
Subjects: Death -- Juvenile fiction
Subjects: Mother and child -- Juvenile fiction
Other Author: Blondon, Hervé ill.
Notes: "A Richard Jackson book"--T.p. verso.
LCCN: 99041081
ISBN: 0789426153
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 9
Total Copies: 9
Call Number: P Kaplan