Two Piano Tunersby 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!
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.
But exactly what will inspire Debbie? The piano played by the maestro Issac Lipman or the way it was tuned to begin with?
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!