Gus and Grandpa and the Piano Lesson

Gus and Grandpa

Claudia Mills; Pictures by Catherine Stock

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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The tenth book in Claudia Mills' beloved series
For Gus, the longest half hour of the day is spent practicing the piano. Why can't he be outside, shooting hoops with Ryan Mason? Even more painful are the lessons: Mrs. Moore complains about Gus's squishy fingers. But most painful of all is the piano recital. Gus has to play a piece called "The Horse Race," and he's not sure he will remember it.
As a child, Grandpa played the violin, so he knows exactly how Gus feels. Grandpa also knows about something Gus will love—making music with others—and once again he shows Gus the way in a story with pictures that "reflect the sunny warmth of loving connections passed across generations" (Booklist).

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Praise for Gus and Grandpa and the Piano Lesson

"Stock's lovely, expressive, watercolored pencil sketches perfectly complement this story about the joy of playing music...especially relevant to children who are familiar with the agony and the ecstasy of music lessons." -- Booklist

"The loving bond between Gus and his grandfather is apparent through their words and actions, and also through the soft, comforting illustrations. Mills uses amusing metaphors and clever wordplay throughout the text. An engaging easy-reader." -- School Library Journal

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Claudia Mills; Pictures by Catherine Stock

Claudia Mills and Catherine Stock have collaborated on the entire Gus and Grandpa series, including the ALA Notable Book Gus and Grandpa at Basketball. The author lives in Boulder, Colorado, and the artist lives in New York City.

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Gus and Grandpa and the Piano Lesson
Claudia Mills; Pictures by Catherine Stock


New Jersey Garden State Children's Book Award


Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2004
ISBN: 9780374328146
ISBN10: 0374328145
Beginning Reader
5 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches, 48 pages, Full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 6 to 8
Grade Range: 1 to 3 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 450LL
AR Quiz Number: 122757
AR Book Level: 3.2
AR Points: 1


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