Music Has Legs by David Haznaw & Marlene Byrne [REVIEW]


Based on the true story of Juan Manuel Pineda, an orphan whose journey began on the streets of El Salvador and ended on a stage in Chicago. Juan was born into an impoverished family, with a severely cleft palate, in a country where children born with such conditions are commonly ostracized. As a young boy, he lost both his legs in a house fire. Soon after, his mother, who had raised him as a single parent, died after a long illness. Juan came to Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, a home for orphaned and vulnerable children, where he not only received shelter, food and safety, but an education, unconditional love and an opportunity to let his musical talents bloom. After being accepted to Shriners Hospital in Chicago for treatment of his cleft palate, Juan’s musical talent was uncovered, and he would step into the spotlight to share his music and story with the world. “From tragedy to triumph, this remarkable story reminds us that all things are possible when we show love to each other.” Bishop Ron Hicks, Diocese of Joliet, IL


I like that this book was written from the point of view of three of the characters – Sam, Father Ron & Marlene. This approach gives a well balanced account of Juan’s journey. But I do wish the authors would have included Juan’s voice as well.

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Helping Children

NPH USA transforms the lives of vulnerable children in Latin America and the Caribbean by supporting the homes, health services and educational programs of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”). Together, we help children overcome poverty and become leaders in their own communities.

NPH is fully supporting more than 3,600 boys and girls in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. An additional 3,900 community children receive scholarships, meals, health care and other support. More than 81,000 services were provided through community outreach programs in 2020.

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