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Dancing hands : how Teresa Carreño played the piano for President Lincoln  Cover Image Book Book

Dancing hands : how Teresa Carreño played the piano for President Lincoln / Margarita Engle ; Rafael López.

Engle, Margarita, (author.). López, Rafael, 1961- (illustrator.).


As a little girl, Teresa Carreno loved to let her hands dance across the beautiful keys of the piano. If she felt sad, music cheered her, and when she was happy, the piano helped her share that joy. Soon she was writing her own songs and performing in grand cathedrals. Then a revolution in Venezuela drove her family to flee to the United States. Teresa felt lonely in this unfamiliar place, where few of the people she met spoke Spanish. Worst of all, there was fighting in her new home, too - a Civil War. Still, Teresa kept playing, and soon she grew famous as the talented Piano Girl who could play anything from a folk song to a sonata. So famous, in fact, that President Abraham Lincoln wanted her to play at the White House! Yet with the country torn apart by war, could Teresa's music bring comfort to those who need it most?

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781481487405 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 148148740X (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2019]

Content descriptions

Target Audience Note:
NC1260L Lexile
Ages 4-8.
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader LG 5.5 0.5 0.5 504357
Awards Note:
Pura Belpre Illustrator Award, 2020
Subject: Carreño, Teresa, 1853-1917 > Juvenile literature.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 > Juvenile literature.
Pianists > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Women > Biography.
Genre: Biographies.

Available copies

  • 3 of 3 copies available at York County Libraries.


  • 0 current holds with 3 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Arthur Hufnagel Public Library Kids 786.2 ENG Nonfiction (Text) 34260000512814 Main Room Available -
Dillsburg Area Public Library Kids ENG Picture (Text) 34001001366515 Childrens Area Available -
Martin Library Kids 786.2 ENG Nonfiction (Text) 33454005752621 Childrens Area Available -

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