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Monday, June 1, 2009

The Cardboard Piano (Picture Book)

Released September 2008

Reviewed by Deb Fowler

Tina and Debbie were best friends and did all kinds of fun, exciting things together. They both had older sisters (who were friends), each had a dog and parents, but they were not in this story. This story is all about the special friendship they had. They liked to pretend to camp out by pulling a bedspread down from the clothesline into the shape of a tent. They loved to have overnights, eat snacks and watch television. They also loved to bicycle and swim together. They had a lot of things in common, but in some ways they were different.

Debbie was learning to play the piano. Tina thought she would like to do that too, so Debbie worked hard and gave her a cardboard replica of a piano keyboard so she could practice too. Her piano teacher had told her of a man who made one once and she thought her best friend would enjoy it. After a lesson on the “real piano,” Tina took home the replica. Debbie “imagined the two of them playing together.” It would be soooo much fun, but soon she got a big surprise. Tina returned the cardboard keyboard and said she didn’t think she wanted to play. Best friends always enjoyed the same things didn’t they, or did they?

This is a lovely story of friendship and how children can enjoy each other’s company and not always want to do the same things. The art work is charming and the addition of the action DVD that replicates the text word for word, including the drawings, brings this book to life. The younger child may want to follow along in the book or will be content simply to watch the DVD. This charming story can also be used as a read aloud discussion book in a classroom or homeschool setting.

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