Accordionly by Michael Genhart, illustrated by Priscilla Burris

Published by Magination Press

Accordionly: Abuelo and Opa Make Music: Genhart PhD, Michael ...

Summary:  The narrator of the story has two grandfathers who love to play their accordions, Abuelo in a mariachi band, and Opa in a polka band.  The boy’s family loves going to performances or listening to each grandfather play at his own home.  The first time the grandfathers get together, though, there are a lot of awkward silences.  The two men don’t speak the same language and can’t seem to find anything they have in common.  Finally, the boy gets out both accordions, and the grandfathers joyously connect over music–music the entire family gets to enjoy.  32 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  A short and sweet story to celebrate diversity in families and the power of the universal language of music.

Cons:  It seemed unlikely that both grandfathers would have brought their accordions to their first get-together with the whole family.

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2 thoughts on “Accordionly by Michael Genhart, illustrated by Priscilla Burris

  1. Many thanks, Janet, for your book reviews, which I have found invaluable as a school librarian here in Ridgefield, CT. I am retiring this week but will recommend your blog to my replacement. You have made my job so much easier! Best of luck! Gail Heaslip

    On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 8:33 AM A Kids Book A Day wrote:

    > Janet Dawson posted: “Published by Magination Press Summary: The narrator > of the story has two grandfathers who love to play their accordions, Abuelo > in a mariachi band, and Opa in a polka band. The boy’s family loves going > to performances or listening to each grandfather ” >

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