SONG OF MIDDLE C by Alison McGhee (Candlewick 2009)

September 2, 2009 at 7:48 pm Leave a comment

song of middle cOur narrator has been practicing and practicing and practicing for her upcoming piano recital.  She is pretty confident that all that work, plus the fact that she is wearing her lucky hat, shoes and underwear will ensure a triumphant performance.  In the event, she forgets her piece, but salvages the recital by improvising a piece of her own composition—variations on the single note of Middle C.

Practically everyone who performs in public gets stage-fright at some point.  McGhee’s upbeat solution to a potentially embarrassing dilemma may reassure those who approach their recitals with misgivings.  (However badly they play, they probably won’t flub things up THAT badly…)

Scott Menchin’s cartooned illustrations and another dimension of light-heartedness to a potentially fraught situation.  They are not beautiful (in my estimation) but they convey McGhee’s ideas successfully.

Picture Book.  Recommended- Miriam Lang Budin (Chappaqua)

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