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|Author||Helen L. Wilbur|
|Illustrator||Mary Reaves Uhles|
|Publisher||Sleeping Bear Press|
With a family that loves music as much as hers does, it was only a matter of time before it was Ava's turn to pick out an instrument. Her mother plays the piano, her father plays the violin and one brother plays the cello while the other plays the clarinet. As soon as Ava selects an instrument, she will be able to join them as they practice for the annual holiday concert. Her family has definite ideas on what instrument Ava should select, from the piano to the flute to the violin, but Ava is not interested in any of them. Ava wants to play the tuba and she gets her wish. But playing the tuba is not as easy as it seems! Even worse, there is no place for a tuba in the annual concert. But with the encouragement of her music teacher, Ava finds a place for her and her tuba in a special holiday celebration.
About Helen L. Wilbur:
A former librarian, Helen L. Wilbur spent many years in the world of publishing. She has a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago and an MA in Library Science from Columbia University. Helen’s award-winning children’s books include Finnegan and Fox: The Ten-Foot Cop (2014 Bank Street Best Books of the Year for Children, 2013 Creative Child Seal of Excellence Award), Lily’s Victory Garden (2011 Storytelling World Resource Honor Award: Stories for Pre-Adolescent Listeners Category, 2011 IRA Teacher’s Choices Reading List – Primary Category), Z is for Zeus: A Greek Mythology Alphabet (2009 Mom’s Choice Award) and M is for Meow: A Cat Alphabet (a 2007 ASPCA Henry Bergh Honor Book). She often shares her writing experiences at conferences, schools, and libraries.
About Mary Reaves Uhles:
Mary Reaves Uhles has illustrated several children’s books, including The Little Kids’ Table by Mary Ann McCabe Riehle, The Twelve Days of Christmas in Tennessee by Alice Faye Duncan and the poetry collection Kooky Crumbs by Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis. Before illustrating books for children, Mary worked as an animator on projects for Warner Brothers and Fisher-Price Interactive. Mary is a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design.