Written by Manjusha Pawagi and Illustrated by Liz Milkau


Priya begs and begs for a piano and lessons. Her parents try to placate her with a cardboard keyboard, and her diligence at "practicing" finally convinces them to give in and buy a real one. But now Priya is disappointed she can't make the wonderful sounds she heard in her head as she practiced on the cardboard keyboard! A resourceful girl, she comes up with an ingenious solution that creates havoc at the Fall Recital.

A wildly exuberant and entertaining story about imagination and perseverance for ages 8 and under.

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About the Author

Manjusha Pawagi is now Justice Pawagi, having been appointed to the Bench in January 2009. She presides in Brampton at the Ontario Court of Justice, Family Court. Justice Pawagi’s first career was as a journalist and children’s author. She has an MA in journalism from Stanford University and worked as a reporter for the Associated Press in St. Louis, Missouri and for CBC Radio, in Toronto and Charlottetown.

About the Illustrator

Liz Milkau is the illustrator of several picture books for children, including Princess Backwards. She loves to travel and spend time at the cottage, and lives in Toronto with her partner, Steve, and two cats and three goldfish.

Product Information

  • Release: May 8, 2003

  • $15.95 Hardcover

  • 24 Pages

  • 8.5 x 8.5

  • Children's Picture Book

  • Ages 5-8 / Grades K-3

  • ISBN: 9781896764634


  • Character Education
    > Family & Friendship

  • The Arts
    > Music