The Yellow Bird Sings

The Yellow Bird Sings

Book - 2020 | First U.S. edition., First international edition.
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"It is wartime in German-occupied Poland. A mother hides with her five-year-old daughter, a musical prodigy whose slightest sound may cost them their lives. The girl is forbidden from making a sound, so the yellow bird sings. He sings whatever the girl composes in her head: high-pitched trills of piccolo; low-throated growls of contrabassoon. Music helps the flowers bloom. When the daisies grow abundant, the bird weaves a garland for the girl to wear on her head like a princess-though no one can see. She must hide from everyone in the village: soldiers, the farmhouse boys, the neighbors too. The lady with squinty eyes and blocky shoes just dragged a boy down the street and returned, proud and straight-backed, cradling a sack of sugar like a baby. After the Jews in their town are rounded up, Róza and her daughter, Shira, spend day and night hidden in a farmer's barn. Shira struggles to stay still and quiet, as music pulses inside her. To pass the time, Róza tells Shira a story: There is a little girl who, with the help of her yellow bird, tends an enchanted garden. The garden must be kept completely silent-only the bird can sing the girl's musical compositions-and together the girl and her bird avert many threats. Thus Róza manages to soothe Shira and shield her from the horrors around them. But then the day comes when their haven is no longer safe and Róza must face an impossible choice: whether to keep Shira by her side, or give her the chance to survive apart. The Yellow Bird Sings is a beautiful, heartrending novel about the unbreakable bond between a mother and a daughter, and the triumph of hope in even the darkest of times"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2020.
Edition: First U.S. edition., First international edition.
ISBN: 9781250179760
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 25 cm


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Dec 22, 2020

Enduring love through pain-filled years. Mother and daughter separated during WWII. The loneliness experienced by Shira is far surpassed by the desperate search for her daughter by her Mother. A compelling and beautiful reflection of the horrendous experiences of so many during that time. Highly recommended.

Sep 20, 2020

What an absolutely powerful book about the love between a daughter and mother during WWII Poland! It is heartwarming and sad at the same time. I found that I had to keep reading the book every moment I had so I could see how it ended. Highly recommend it!

Jul 23, 2020

A heart warming story of a mother’s love and sacrifice during a time when both the worst and the best of human behavior was witnessed in the world.

apollospacefan Jun 30, 2020

Heart wrenching WWII story of survival in hiding. The story closely resembles a children's graphic novel by beloved Wonder author, RJ Palacio, titled White Bird. Both stories involve hiding in a barn and involves great risk to the supporting families. Of course, Yellow Bird deals with adult situations, and has one major event/decision that makes you wonder "What would I have done?"

Jun 28, 2020

I enjoyed this very moving story of courage and the love between a mother and her daughter.The ending was unexpected but beautiful as it portrayed the hope that was kept alive through the whole story.

Apr 22, 2020

I liked this book until the ending. It is the story of hiding and being silent to escape the Nazis. This silence would always be a painful feature for a child who loves to shout and talk and sing. The enforced silence is all the more painful for this mother and child because music lives in their souls and is an essential part of their existence. Except for the stress upon music, this story has been told hundreds of times. I found the ending to be improbable and a bit hokey. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Mar 29, 2020

There are lots of stories about Jews hiding during World War II and sometimes I feel ‘If I’ve read one, I’ve read them all.” This book is different. A mother and daughter flee from their Polish home when the Germans capture the other members. They hide out for a long time in a barn. The description of living in silence as a mother and very young girl is so sad. When the Germans want the barn for storage the farmer and his wife convince the mother to send the child to a Catholic nunnery, where Zoshia as she is no called becomes enamored with the violin. For a while, the mother’s story of hiding in the forest and the child’s are told in separate chapters, then the chapters become melded together, then each is forced to go their own way. The final chapter set in New York City in 1965, is one of the best endings I’ve read.


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