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Two Piano Tuners

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by M.B. Goffstein (Author, Illustrator)

Simple and Engaging!

 
“To Debbie Weinstock,
            an alert and persistent little girl, the sound of a piano being tuned by a good piano tuner is better than any kind of music.”

So opens the story of grandfather Reuben Weinstock, the best piano tuner in the world.

Rueben Weinstock has been tuning pianos for a very long time. He has tuned pianos for all great pianists and has even traveled with Issac Lipman, one of the most renowned pianist at the time. He is a good man and is well respected and known for his hard work and extraordinary talent.

But the master piano tuner’s life is taking a different turn as he suddenly finds himself being responsible for his orphaned granddaughter Debbie Weinstock. Slowly but steadily they settle into a routine. As grandfather Weisntock sets the morning breakfast table, the middle c hum-mm-mming little Debbie gets up and puts on her clothes. She jumps off her bed and rushes to the piano C! C! she checks to see whether she was off.

Grandpa Rueben loves Debbie’s enthusiasm and aspires that little Debbie grows up one day to become a great concert pianist. But Debbie has other plans. She wants to be a piano tuner, just like her grandpa!

Two Piano Tuners practise

Matters come to a head, when one day Rueben is called to tune Issac Lipman’s piano. He plans to enlist his friend’s help to teach and inspire Debbie to become a pianist.

Two Piano Tuners meet Issac

Two Piano Tuners tuning

But exactly what will inspire Debbie? The piano played by the maestro Issac Lipman or the way it was tuned to begin with? Smile

This is such a lovely story. A classic struggle of a parent’s aspirations and a child’s struggle at finding out what they really love to do. Goffstein’s writes brilliantly as he captures the emotions and weaves the tale with humor and warmth and  affection. The characters feel real and their emotions true to the character. And what the book lacks in its illustrations, it more than makes up by the gentle pace of the story.

We loved reading this tale for its charm. Debbie’s energy and enthusiasm for tuning the piano captured our hearts. We had a wonderful discussion  around finding your inner talent and discovering what you simply love to do every day.

A tale to read in every household!

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World books


21 comments

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  1. Oh, my goodness! I ran over as soon as I saw this book cover in the blog hop. I love any story about music (and I’m not even a musician!), and I love that this one takes such an unusual angle. Have you read ZIN! ZIN! ZIN! A VIOLIN? Thanks so much for sharing this! I assume Debbie chose piano tuning…? Guess I’ll have to buy it!

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  2. You find the most interesting books Reshama. I love the premise. Thanks so much for bringing it to our attention on the Kid lit blog hop

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    • reshamad

      Thank you for the kind words Julie. I love it when you find a book that resonates! Can’t help but give it a shout out
      -Reshama

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  3. I have quite a few friends whose parents and kids are very musical and I can see this book making them have a think… Lovely book suggestion

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    • reshamad

      I would love to have parents read this book. You are right in that the book is more for parents than the kids Thanks for sharing!
      -Reshama

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  4. This one looks adorable! Especially for piano lovers! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Wow! This looks like a wonderful book, especially since I’m a piano lover. I’ve played since I was six, but sadly, I have never heard a piano being tuned. Something to add to my bucket list…along with reading this book! Thanks for linking up with Booknificent Thursday!
    Tina

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  6. I just love the premise behind the book and I love the simplicity of the illustrations. I’ve played piano my whole life and no joke, I remember the piano tuner coming to our house and being absolutely fascinated by what he was doing. Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop and hosting once again. Pinning!!! Also popping over from the Booknificent linky party.

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    • reshamad

      That is awesome Renee! It must be so special to find a book that really “connects”! I am glad to have shared it!
      -Reshama

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  7. What an interesting topic and a great way to context it. I am intrigued!

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  8. This looks lovely. We are piano lovers over here so I’ll need to check this out! Thanks!

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  9. This is wonderful. Thank you for introducing this book!

    Maria
    http://www.musicteachingandparenting.com

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    • reshamad

      My pleasure! Thanks for stopping by Maria. I hope you get to review this one and let us know how you liked it!
      -Reshama

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  10. Lovely story! I never realized until a few years ago how many grandparents raise their grandchildren. It’s wonderful that there are authors out there writing for just such families.

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