Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Harry's Piano by Susan Sukman McCray--Book Review


Little did anyone know when five-year-old Harry asked to take piano lessons, where it would lead. Harry's Piano is the charming tale of the young life of Academy Award-winning composer, Harry Sukman, written by his daughter, Susan Sukman McCray.

From Harry's humble birth in Chicago to his moving to California and conducting his first concert, Harry's Piano will touch the hearts of children everywhere.

Told with the loving hand only a parent's child could provide, Susan McCray shares every milestone that led to Harry Sukman becoming a successful concert pianist, conductor, and composer. Children will follow Harry as his first piano is lifted through the window into his parents' third-story apartment in Chicago. They will read about the hours and hours of practice Harry committed himself to and the music professors who helped Harry hone his talents. And children will share in the excitement of Harry's decision to leave Chicago and move to California, where he meets Mr. Young, who foretells of the future Harry will live.

The illustrations--provided by Karen C. Rhine--are as moving as the story. The book also has a CD with two piano selections composed and played by Harry Sukman.

A timeless story of hard work and determination, Harry's Piano is a gift that will inspire young people to reach for their dreams.


Harry's Piano
ISBN 13: 978-0-9790681-0-2
ISBN 10: 0-9790681-0-X
U.S. Price $18.95
Autographed copy $23.95 (US)

2 comments:

Dorothy said...

Great review! HARRY'S PIANO is on my to buy list and I'm not even a kid!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

What a lovely cover, lovely theme. Thank you for providing this lovely review. (-: BTW, my This Is the Place opens with a prologue about a piano--the first one brought across the plains in a conestoga wagon.
Best,
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Award-winning novelist, poet and author of the HowToDoItFrugally Series of book for writers.