What if you loved music more than anything? Suppose you had just learned to play the piano. Imagine that your family has to move to a new city and you have to leave your piano behind. People don’t like you in the new city because of what you look like. How will you make yourself feel better? Mary Lou Williams, like Mozart, began playing the piano when she was four; at eight she became a professional musician. She wrote and arranged music for Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, and was one of the most powerful women in jazz. This is the story of Mary Lou's childhood in Pittsburgh, where she played the piano for anyone who would listen.
About the Author
Ann Ingalls and Maryann Macdonald are sisters and lifelong music lovers. Ann lives in Kansas City, and Maryann lives in New York. This is Ann's first book, and Maryann's twenty-second.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a wonderful book about an under celebrated jazz musician from the golden age of jazz. In addition to telling a little bit about jazz history's most prolific female jazz composer, this is a great story about a little girl who was very special in her own way. Any family with a budding musician would love this book.
I had the opportunity to preview The Little Piano Girl by Ann Ingalls and Maryann Macdonald for my Library. This book was an eye opener for me on several counts. While not a hard devotee of Jazz, am familiar with the Big Names. Somehow, the title character of this biography, Mary Lou Williams, escaped me until now. I was further amazed to find out she lived not far from where I work!The biography is very readable for kids and the illustrations are wonderful. Adult readers will also enjoy the story as it is well told. We follow Mary Lou from Georgia to Pittsburgh where her talent was rediscovered at an early age. I say rediscovered because we are told she actually began playing music when she was only three and living in Atlanta.I have become intrigued enough about Ms Williams that I¿m seeking out an adult version of her biography. I suggest this book to families with budding musicians of their own or for young kids with a musical interest of their own. Even as an adult, I have to give this work four and a half stars: the writing alone deserves four stars and the excellent artwork pushes this into the extra half star.