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The Little Piano Girl

The Story of Mary Lou Williams, Jazz Legend

Ann Ingalls, Maryann Macdonald, Giselle Potter (Illustrator)


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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.

Praise For The Little Piano Girl: The Story of Mary Lou Williams, Jazz Legend

"Acknowledging Mary's long, worldwide career as an elegant, accomplished performer "in beautiful shoes," this sweet tribute neatly fills a niche in the panoply of titles about jazz greats."—Kirkus

"Potter's naive, doll-like figures, poised in their slightly tipsy, extravagantly patterned domestic settings, recall the mannered portraiture of the colonial period. With a steadily growing collection of picture books on jazz greats now available for the storytime set, it's nice to see a strong female musician take her place on the shelves."—Bulletin

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780618959747, 32pp.

Publication Date: January 18, 2010

About the Author

Ann Ingalls lives in Kansas City, Missouri. Little Piano Girl is her first book.

Maryann Macdonald lives in New York. Maryann has written more than twenty-two books. 

Giselle Potter lives in New York state with her family.  She has illustrated over twenty books including The Honest-to-Goodness Truth by Patricia McKissack.