Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin (Nutmeg Nominee--Grades 2-4)

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki & Qin Leng--Hana has signed up to play the violin at the talent show, even though she’s only had three lessons. Her brothers predict disaster. But Hana practices and practices, inspired by her grandfather, or Ojiichan, who played the violin every day when she visited him in Japan. As Hana takes the stage, doubt is all she can hear, until she recalls her grandfather’s words of encouragement, and shows the audience how beautiful music can take many forms.