"Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreno Played the Piano for President Lincoln"

As a little girl, Teresa Carreño loved to let her hands dance across the beautiful keys of the piano. If she felt sad, music cheered her up, and when she was happy, the piano helped her share that joy. Soon she was writing her own songs and performing in grand cathedrals. Then a revolution in Venezuela forced her family to flee to the United States. Teresa felt lonely in this unfamiliar place, where few of the people she met spoke Spanish. Worst of all, there was fighting in her new home, too—the Civil War.

Read by Marc dela Cruz, who is James Reynolds/Doctor and a Principal Standby in Hamilton on Broadway.

Published by Simon & Schuster

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