Parents' Guide to

The Green Piano

By Stephanie Snyder, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Singer's sweet story reminds us that dreams do come true.

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This sweet and simple story offers readers a powerful message. The Green Piano is a reminder to readers young and old to honor the dreams in their hearts and pursue them passionately. Written in simple verse with charming illustrations by Hayden Goodman, the book shows us that the little things in life -- like a piano from the junkyard -- can make the biggest impacts. It's also a good starting point for learning more about Black culture in the mid-20th century, including Roberta Flack's career and the careers of others who helped launch her.

Though it's inspiring, The Green Piano falls a little flat in engaging its target audience -- kids. The free verse may be a little more difficult for kids to grasp. And while Roberta Flack is a noteworthy musician, today's kids are likely less familiar with her music and career, so her name on the book isn't necessarily a draw for them.

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