Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin
When Hana signs up to play the violin at her school talent show, she is met with doubt and teasing from her brothers. But with memories of her Ojichan and the internal strength she has learned from him, she perseveres and makes her family proud. A story that celebrates culture, music, creativity, intergenerational relationships, and Canadian diversity, this book’s whimsical and inviting images complement the themes of overcoming negativity and expressing oneself with confidence and creativity. Suitable for a Grade 3–5 classroom, this book may invite discussions about how culture and language are rich sources of Canada’s identity, presenting opportunities for students to explore their own cultural ancestries. The story’s Japanese protagonist may inspire learning about Japanese Canadian history, immigration, and diversity.
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