“Noisy Nora returns in a nostalgic treat about learning to play an instrument.”
First introduced by Wells in 1973 (Noisy Nora), beloved middle child Noisy Nora makes a fittingly noisy return. This time, though, it’s not in a mischievous attempt to compete for attention but in a diligent, determined effort to learn to play an instrument. When she hears a neighbor playing Claire de Lune, Nora longs to do the same. While family members suggest she learn to play less shrilly instruments like the xylophone or banjo, Nora is adamant it be the violin. With lessons from Mrs. Yamamoto, persistent practice, and sufficient patience from everyone enduring a week of “shriek!” and “scrape!” Nora is finally prepared on the day of her mother’s birthday to surprise her with a performance. Wells paints her illustrations in watercolors on linen paper, providing simultaneously rich texture and a nostalgic simplicity that reader’s treasure in her classic, signature style. With a creative approach connecting each day of the week with another awful sound from the violin—“Tuesday / Whine! . . . Thursday / Squeak!”—Wells effectively shows that learning to play an instrument is painstaking, time-intensive, and can quite frankly sound awful in the beginning, but with persistence even early wins are possible. While many lines of the rhyming text are unique and trip off the tongue, there are a couple of moments when the rhyme scheme changes unexpectedly, making a little advance awareness necessary for a smooth read aloud.
Noisy Nora is learning to play the violin, but her family isn’t sure they can survive it!
The lovable heroine of Noisy Nora returns in a new book that will charm parents and children alike. Nora is determined to play the violin, but her parents, sister Kate, and brother Jack are appalled by the terrible sounds that emerge during her practice sessions. Scrape and shriek, screech and squeak–everybody holds their ears. But when a special evening comes, Nora succeeds in playing the secret song she’s struggled hard to learn.
You Can Do It, Noisy Nora! provides the perfect way to show young children the value of persevering when trying to master a new skill. Rosemary Wells’s strong-willed heroine is as feisty and unstoppable as ever in this humorous, heartwarming story.
Rosemary Wells’s career as an author and illustrator spans more than thirty years and 120 books. She has won numerous awards and has given readers such unforgettable characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut. rosemarywells.com