Dancing Hands (Non-Fiction/Informational)

Dancing Hands by Margarita Engle, vividly illustrated by Rafael Lopez, is a historical account of a young girl named Teresa Careno who played the piano for President Lincoln. Her family emigrated to the USA from Venezuela when she was six years old. She was a gifted musician at a young age and played concerts at major symphony halls. She received an invitation to play for President Lincoln in 1863, right after the Battle of Gettysburg and the death of his son Willie. She was a bright note in a very difficult time of war and grieving.