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A Tuba Christmas

Written by Helen L. Wilbur and illustrated by Mary Uhles
Published by Sleeping Bear Press
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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. And her family has definite ideas on what instrument Ava should select, from the piano to the flute to the violin. But Ava isn’t interested in any of them. Ava wants to play the tuba. And she gets her wish. But playing the tuba isn’t as easy as it seems. And 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.

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Mary Uhles

Mary Reaves Uhles has created illustrations for numerous books and magazines. Her newest picture books include A TUBA CHRISTMAS (Sleeping Bear) and THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN TENNESSEE (Sterling), both available Fall 2018. She has also illustrated THE LITTLE KID’S TABLE by Mary Ann McCabe Riehle (Sleeping Bear); KOOKY CRUMBS by J. Patrick Lewis (Kane Miller); and BEYOND THE GRAVE Choose Your Own Adventure Series by Dottie Enderle (ABDO Magic Wagon Press). Mary has twice been awarded the Grand Prize for Illustration from the SCBWI Midsouth Conference and her piece, EAT was a finalist in the 2014 SCBWI Bologna Book Fair Gallery. Prior to beginning her career as a freelance illustrator, Mary worked as an animator on projects for Warner Brothers and Fisher-Price Interactive. As Midsouth Illustrator Coordinator of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Mary lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee. Since creating characters and stories is her favorite thing in the world (even more than mocha fudge ice cream) she feels mighty lucky to do it every day in her hilltop studio.

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  • What guides or references did you use while creating the illustrations for A Tuba Christmas?

    I looked at about 4 million pictures of tubas. I also did several studies of kids playing tuba while visiting my son’s 6th grade band class. The concert scene in the book was redrawn from scratch 3 times, the last time while attending one of their band concerts!

    By Mary Uhles (illustrator)

  • What was the hardest part about creating A Tuba Christmas?

    Besides getting the tuba correct I also created a very specific color palette for this book. I had been experimenting with limited color in single illustrations but this was the first book I had tried it. I ended up with 7 colors and every color you see in the book was created by blending one of those.

    By Mary Uhles (illustrator)

  • What is your favorite thing about Rodney?

    Rodney is not quite the main character in the book but he is my favorite character. He is Ava’s teacher and the only person who believes in her tuba dreams. Rodney is also not afraid to march to his own tune…. he wears dreadlocks and is the person who starts the Tuba Christmas tradition in Ava’s school.

    By Mary Uhles (illustrator)

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Publication Date:
September 15, 2018