Play to the Angel by Maurine F. Dahlberg, 2000
...a tiny blue-gowned angel doll was suspended from the ceiling by two nearly invisible threads, so that she looked as if she was flying...He smiled proudly. "she is one of the few things that I brought from Germany. She loves piano music, so I put her where I can play to her. And you must play to her too. Let your sound project and your feelings come through to my little angel. Can you do that?"
Greta Radky loves to play the piano. In Vienna, Austria, in 1938, the shadow of Hitler and Nazi Germany looms over their lives. Greta's brother, a talented and promising young pianist has recently died. She finds comfort sorting through his music, Scarlatti, Schumann, Bach, Chopin and Clementi. Her mother's grief is so deep that she cannot stand listening to Greta practice and is talking about selling the piano. Greta finds the strength to pursue her talent with the support of the mysterious Herr Hummel, a wonderful piano teacher who recognizes her gift. Play to the Angel , 2000, is a sensitive story of hope and courage in dangerous times. The author, Maurine F. Dahlberg studied piano and plays piccolo and flute. Her knowledge of music and musicians gives the story authenticity. This is the kind of story that inspires young readers to study music. I loved this book.