The Green Piano: How Little Me Found Music

by Roberta Flack (Author) Hayden Goodman (Illustrator)

The Green Piano: How Little Me Found Music
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

This autobiographical picture book by the multiple Grammy Award-winning singer Roberta Flack recounts her childhood in a home surrounded by music and love: it all started with a beat-up piano that her father found in a junkyard, repaired, and painted green.

Growing up in a Blue Ridge mountain town, little Roberta didn't have fancy clothes or expensive toys...but she did have music. And she dreamed of having her own piano. When her daddy spies an old, beat-up upright piano in a junkyard, he knows he can make his daughter's dream come true. He brings it home, cleans and tunes it, and paints it a grassy green. And soon the little girl has an instrument to practice on, and a new dream to reach for--one that will make her become a legend in the music industry. Here is a lyrical picture book--perfect for aspiring piano players and singers--that shares an intimate look at Roberta Flack's family and her special connection to music.

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Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review
A moving testimonial to the effects of instilling a love of live music in childhood.

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★ "A moving testimonial to the effects of instilling a love of live music in childhood." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Roberta Flack
Legendary singer Roberta Flack is known for her number one singles "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", "Killing Me Softly with His Song," "Feel Like Makin' Love," and "Where Is the Love" and "The Closer I Get to You," two of her many duets with Donny Hathaway. She is the recipient of thirteen Grammy nominations, four of which she won, as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tonya Bolden is the award-winning author/co-author/editor of more than two dozen books for young people. They include Finding Family, which was a Kirkus Reviews and Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year; Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book; MLK: Journey of a King, winner of a National Council of Teachers of English Orbis Pictus Award; and Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty, an ALSC Notable Children's Book and CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. Tonya also received the Children's Book Guild of Washington, DC's Nonfiction Award. A Princeton University magna cum laude baccalaureate with a master's degree from Columbia University, Tonya lives in NYC.

Hayden Goodman is a painter and children's book illustrator born and raised in the wilderness of Western Massachusetts. Her clients include the New Yorker, the New York Times, MIT, and Garden & Gun. The Green Piano is her debut picture book.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Anne Schwartz Books
Publication date
January 10, 2023
BISAC categories
JNF018010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States - African-American
JNF007040 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Music
JNF036050 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Music | Popular
Library of Congress categories
Childhood and youth
Flack, Roberta
African-American women singers

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