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Hana Hashimoto Sixth Violin

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  339 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
In this beautifully written picture book, Hana Hashimoto has signed up to play her violin at her school's talent show. The trouble is, she's only a beginner, and she's had only three lessons. Her brothers insist she isn't good enough. ?It's a talent show, Hana,? they tell her. ?You'll be a disaster!? Hana remembers how wonderfully her talented grandfather, or Ojiichan, ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2014 by Kids Can Press
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Carrie Gelson
I absolutely adore this book for so very many reasons. I have favourite pages, favourite series of illustrations and am completely enchanted by the green grass that we see one night at dusk. Wow. And then there is the story. A story of determination, perseverance and creativity. Absolutely about courage and dreaming. Connection to family – Ojiichan (Grandfather) in Japan who played Second Violin in front of the Imperial Family and his influence on little Hana who wants to play the violin too. ...more
I highly recommend this beautifully illustrated book of ambition, resilience and courage, told in a delightful story. Grandparents can be special people in the lives of young children and Hana’s is certainly inspirational for her. He is an accomplished violinist and plays for her and her brothers whilst they stay at his home. The author uses fantastic descriptions to help the reader imagine the feelings of the characters of this story - for example, when “Hana walked onto the stage . . . an ...more
Age: Preschool-2nd grade
Music: Violin
Family: Grandpa, granddaughter
Familiar Experience: Stagefright
Culture: Japanese-American

After Hana signs up for the talent show to play her violin, her brothers laugh at her because she had only just started to learn. Although affected by her brother's reservations, she is soothed by memories of her grandfather who was famous for his violin playing and would play around the house. Uegaki describes Hana's memories in the sweetest but not saccharine way. The te
Felicity Gibson
Oct 08, 2014 Felicity Gibson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A beautiful book with a charming story. I could imagine reading this to both my grand daughters one aged 8 and the other aged 5. The story and illustrations will appeal across many ages. The delicate drawings, the subdued colours were all so sensitive to the narrative. I loved the unusual adjectives: walloping heart, oceanic roar, the feeling of happy sadness… to name a few. A charming little story and brilliantly illustrated. Thank you I enjoyed this book immensely.
I award it 5 stars.
Sep 11, 2014 Tracy rated it it was amazing
I like this book, it is gentle and fun.
Encruzilhadas Literárias
Dec 26, 2014 Encruzilhadas Literárias rated it really liked it
Shelves: catarina
As a former student of Oriental Studies and an avid defender of variety in books, particularly children's I couldn't miss the opportunity to read Chieri Uegaki's Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin.
Hana is a brave girl, who after three violin lessons feels ready to sign up for the talent show even though her brothers mock her. Hana's parents seem more confident and Hana let's her grandfather's words and music inspire her as she shows the reader the value of practice and dedication.
When I was little I w
Anna (BooksandBookends)
I received a free ARC copy of this book by the book's publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

After listening to Ojiichan play the violin for her, Hana has her heart set on learning how to play the violin too. Just a few days after beginning to learn how to play the violin, Hana wants to enter the talent contest. She practices everywhere, in front of her brothers and her parents, even her dog, Jojo or an old picture of Ojiichan. Whilst performing alone, Hana can pretend she is
Jun 23, 2014 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
Hana Hashimoto is one determined little girl when it comes to her violin lessons. After only three, she signs up for the school talent show causing her brothers to laugh hysterically and proclaim she will not bring her talent at all to the show, because she has none. Now, that's mean isn't it?

Her grandfather, Ojiichan, was a professional violin player in Japan. He played beautifully for the siblings when they had gone to visit him last summer. Hana was so enamoured with his skill she decided th
Jan 28, 2015 S rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2014
Hana Hashimoto is a little girl who, inspired by her grandfather, is learning how to play violin. Just after attending three lessons, she is determined to enter a talent show and play in front of a crowd. This idea of hers is discredited by her two older brothers who think that she is still too inexperienced with the violin. However, despite this lack of encouragement, Hana perseveres and keeps on training her skills, always keeping in mind how listening to her Ojiichan play made her feel.
Dec 03, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing
Reviewed from a digital ARC provided by Netgalley.

With absolutely gorgeous lyrical language, Chieri Uegaki tells the story of a little girl learning to play the violin in her own special way. Hana has only had three violin lessons when she decides to enter the school talent show. Her brothers laugh at her, but she recalls the beautiful notes played by her Ojiisan (grandfather) when she visited Japan and longs to play like him. Every day she practices, playing for her parents, her dog, even a pi
Mary Prado
Jul 09, 2014 Mary Prado rated it it was amazing
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin
Written by Chieri Uegaki

Grandparents are special people. We seldom forget the relationship and bond we share with our Grandparents. Hana is no different. She remembers her Grandpa in Japan. She has special memories of him entertaining her with his music. Grandpa played in an Orchestra and he was very good. He also liked to make fun sounds with his music. Hana decides to play the violin for the school talent show. Her brothers think this is hilarious and are sure she i
It’s a beautiful, loving story of the memories of a grandfather who is an accomplished violinist, who played for her when she visited him, the classics, but also beautifully imagined pieces like “a crow cawing for her seven chicks” and “the sound of raindrops on the oil-paper umbrella Hana twirled under during summer storms.” When Hana, a beginner, decides to play for the school’s talent show, her brothers think she’s foolish, but what happens on stage is a sweet surprise to everyone.
Jun 05, 2016 Ruel rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this tale of Hana and her violin. Hana has only begun to play her violin and she's performing at her school's talent show soon. Her brothers tease her beginner-level skills, but she's determined to do well.

Thanks to the memories of her grandfather and his extraordinary playing, Hana is inspired during her performance. The unexpected-yet-happy ending is pitch perfect for this story.
This book made me smile so much. Hana has started taking violin lessons after spending time with her grandfather in Japan who plays. Now she feels she is ready to be in a talent show. Her brothers are not so sure since she has only had three lessons. She has a surprise for them though as she practices sound effects with her violin and shows them off. This is a wonderful book to use with primary children particularly in a music class.
Dolores Colarosa
Loved this book! Would recommend it to any child who has ever been told that they "couldn't" do something. This book is beautifully written, especially the parts that show the impact that her grandfather had on her through his own violin playing and especially his belief in and encouragement of her becoming a violinist.
Edward Sullivan
Aug 20, 2014 Edward Sullivan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, music
Inspired by her grandfather, a professional violinist, Hana sings up to perform at the school talent even though she's had only a few lessons. A wonderful story that will especially resonate with readers who suffered stage fright.
Jan 16, 2016 Jay rated it it was ok
This copy kindly provided by NetGalley on behalf of the publisher

A nice story of a girl following her dreams of playing violin like her grandfather. Just a little too dull & long for my son to enjoy...
Michele Knott
Sep 07, 2014 Michele Knott rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story of persistence and working hard for something you want to do.
Oct 18, 2016 Zerina rated it it was amazing
Hana has heard her grandfather play violin so many times. Hana wants to play just like her grandfather so she starts taking lessons. She takes part in a school talent show and her parents are very supportive. However, her brothers make fun of her. They tell her that she will be a disaster. Hana goes on to play in the talent show and at the end gains the support of her friends. Hana Hashimoto is a really encouraging book that has won an Ezra Keats award. It’s meant for 1-3rd grade.
I really like
Oct 17, 2016 Lu rated it it was amazing
Hanna Hashimoto, Sixth Violin
by Chieri Uegaki and Qin Leng
Read in October, 2016

I was drawn to this book because of the the distinct illustrations by Qin Leng after reading this picture book. Its illustration is poetic. The use of color and angle made these illustrations both romantic and real. And I seemed to hear the sound of violin with the illustrator drawing those little cute music notes in the pictures. Hanna Hashimoto, Sixth Violin tells the story of Hana Hashimoto where she was going to
Lillian Barczynski
This book is about believing in yourself and going through with something even when others say you can't do it. Hana goes through with her violin performance (and sounds amazing) even when her brothers keep saying she sounds horrible. I could ask my class how often they persist and carry through with their ideas.
Nov 13, 2016 Kristine rated it it was amazing
So cute. Q and I listened to this read along on the computer (checked out on Overdrive) because it's a Nutmeg Book Award nominee.
This is about... learning. About how it's ok to learn at your own pace and do it your own way. Geez that's a good message.
Hunter Thomas
The first thing that drew me in about this book was the illustrations. I love that this book explained some parts of Japanese culture but that it was brought in nonchalantly and not the most important part of the story.
Feb 18, 2016 Misty rated it it was amazing
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, by Chieri Uegaki and Qin Leng

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin features a small Japanese-American girl who, after visiting her grandfather in Japan, decides she wants to learn how to play the violin. The story introduces readers to many Japanese cultural objects and ideas, including tatami mats, oil-paper umbrellas, and fireflies. The authors even include some Japanese words and phrases that would appeal to children and be fun to teach them: ojichan (grandfather
Cullen Howard
Summary: The book "Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin” tells the story of a little girl as she learns to play the violin. Hana, driven by memories of watching and listening to her grandfather in Kyoto, Japan, is constantly heckled by her brothers and is scared to eventually perform in the school talent show. But Hana is able to use memories of her grandfather’s encouragement to overcome her fear of performing. In the end, she doesn’t play the violin in the traditional fashion, instead using the ...more
Oct 11, 2015 Molly rated it it was amazing
Multicultural Book: (Ebook)
This sweet story tells of Hana, who decides to play violin in her school's talent show, after visiting her grandfather in Japan. He was a professional violinist and would play different sounds that he heard in his everyday life along with beautiful melodies while Hana was visiting. She decides to play like him upon her return. The theme of music spans across all cultures yet the beautiful illustrations show what life looks like in Japan. The pictures are unique to the
Andy Shuping
Jan 08, 2015 Andy Shuping rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by NetGalley

The school has a talent show coming up and Hana wants to play the violin at it....even though right now when she plays she sends dogs (and others) running from the music. Hana’s only had three lessons, but her grandfather or Ojiichan, is a world class violinist and she heard him play every day! And although she has fears and doubts, she recalls her grandfather’s words of wisdom and show the audience that beautiful music can take many, many forms.

"In this beautifully written picture book, Hana Hashimoto has signed up to play her violin at her school's talent show. The trouble is, she's only a beginner, and she's had only three lessons. Her brothers insist she isn't good enough. "It's a talent show, Hana," they tell her. "You'll be a disaster!" Hana remembers how wonderfully her talented grandfather, or Ojiichan, played his violin when she was visiting him in Japan. So, just like Ojiichan, Hana practices every day. She is determined to ...more
Tammy M
Jun 19, 2015 Tammy M added it
Shelves: multicultural
1. I find this is a personal text to self-connection. My grandmother while growing up played piano for many years. She was a teacher for many years and often taught multiple subjects due to the size of the school district. I remember her playing “Chariots of Fire.” My aunt would request this song if she had a hard day with her illness. It seemed to calm her. While spending time with my grandmother at the farm house, I was able to practice the piano. (As long as I didn’t pound on the keys) I ...more
Christy Cryer
Reflection: Even though she has just started learning to play, Hana is determined to play her violin in the school talent show. She was inspired to learn by her grandfather she had recently visited in Japan. I think what we choose to try is often inspired by the passions of our families and those who are important to us. Both my husband and I had favorite sports growing up, and we often find ourselves guiding our children’s interests toward those same sports.

Rationale: Throughout the book, Hana
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