Playing from the Heart
Written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
A lot of themes swirl around in this touching tale of a father and son. Raj was attracted to the piano even before he could reach the pedals.
Raj noticed that he could mix the notes the way he mixed his watercolors.
His father loved the sound of his song so much that he got Raj a teacher and encouraged practice. The song changed so much that the piano eventually fell silent. Raj went to live and work in the city but returned when his father fell ill. All the father wanted was the song that Raj had lost as a boy.
Raj’s father closed his eyes and savored the lingering notes.
Beautifully and lovingly illustrated, this book almost plays the song for the reader. It speaks to the love between father and son and of music coming from the heart. First graders will love being shown that they can create unfettered.