I have a new student. She is six years old. Her name is Eva. (Pronounced Ava, and not to be confused with my daughter, Evie. Or Anya, whose babysitter is named Eva – pronounced EEva. There was one year when I had three girls almost the same age named Elisa, Elise and Aliya. They all had long, gorgeous red hair. I think my tombstone will say, “Never called any one of them the wrong name. But I digress.)
Eva is in the Piano Town Primer. I turned the page to the piece, Kites for Sale. She immediately grabbed a pencil, jumped off the bench and started running around the room “flying a kite” using the pencil as the string. When I finally got her back on the bench, she was very interested in the art. It shows a man selling kites for $2 each.
She eyed the man suspiciously.
“Only $2 for a kite? Those won’t be very good kites,” she said. “Because you really get what you pay for, and that’s not enough to pay for a good kite. You should pay more, like maybe $10 or $20.”
I reassured her that things are kind of magical in Piano Town and that the kids would be able to get a wonderful kite for only two dollars.
She learned the piece and loved it. Maybe not as much as she loved Purple Paint. When I asked her if she wanted to play that one again with me playing the duet she said, “Yes. I want to play it 30 more times.” We settled for five.
My ex-husband drew all the illustrations for Piano Town. Late in my teaching days I really appreciate him. Without him, there would be no $2 kites to inspire a world of wonder.