Everyone in Bea’s family plays a musical instrument and Bea couldn’t wait for the day for her music to start. But when Bea’s tentative musical steps fail to hit the right notes it looks like she may need to have a rethink. Then she meets Maestro Gus, a helpful ghost from the piano, who is sure that Bea has music within her. But can he help Bea discover her piano fingers…
Told in mellifluous prose - a violin is described as ‘a honey fog machine’ and piano song is noted as ‘a sound more delicious than mulberries between your toes’ - and with magical watercolour illustrations, this sweet and simple story of unearthing your talent and expressing yourself in a way that makes you happy is one that we can all relate to.
Sisters Isla and Bea could not be more different. Isla is confident, sure of herself, bossy and knows exactly where her talents lie. Bea is young, keen and is desperately trying to find out what she is good at, much to the frustration of both herself and her big sister. What the two share in common though is a passion for music and readers will enjoy Bea’s piano playing exploits and will take heart from the message that just because you don’t excel at something new doesn’t mean that you are a failure. Whilst Bea’s first forays into piano playing are far from perfect, with a supportive sister by her side music can be made and piano fingers can be found.
Not being very musical at all and having aspirations of one day mastering the guitar to a certain degree - or at least to the stage where my other half doesn’t leave the room whenever I begin playing - I was comforted by Bea and her music-making. Even those with talent, just like Isla, have to work hard and persevere to master their craft so dream big and pursue those passions and express yourself in your own way.
With huge thanks to Walker Books for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.
Recommended for 3+.