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  • 3 of 4 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 3 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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1 current hold with 4 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Barnesville Public Library ROS (Text) 33500013213202 New Available -
Detroit Lakes Public Library ROS (Text) 33500013213210 New Checked out 11/17/2020
Detroit Lakes Public Library ROS (Text) 33500013251780 New Available -
Warroad Public Library ROS (Text) 35500006272924 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250179760
  • ISBN: 1250179769
  • Physical Description: 294 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2020.

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Summary, etc.:
"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.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 February #2
    Five-year-old Shira must stay absolutely silent in the barn where she and her mother are hiding. It is summer 1941 in Poland, and they have fled their town, where Shira's grandparents had been hauled off and her father shot after digging trenches. Shira's mother, Róza, relies on the kind looks the owner of the barn once gave her at their bakery, and for the time being his wife seems pulled by maternal instinct to protect the young girl. But the farmer expects his own payment from Róza every night. Under the constant threat of danger, Róza tells Shira about a magical garden with a little bird who can sing the beautiful compositions that run through her head. But as the scratches Róza makes on the rafter to mark each day begin to number in the dozens, then hundreds, it's clear that she must make a drastic change and risk separation to keep her daughter safe. This stunning debut novel sings with the power of a mother's love and the heartbreaking risks she'll endure. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 February #2
    Five-year-old Shira must stay absolutely silent in the barn where she and her mother are hiding. It is summer 1941 in Poland, and they have fled their town, where Shira's grandparents had been hauled off and her father shot after digging trenches. Shira's mother, Róza, relies on the kind looks the owner of the barn once gave her at their bakery, and for the time being his wife seems pulled by maternal instinct to protect the young girl. But the farmer expects his own payment from Róza every night. Under the constant threat of danger, Róza tells Shira about a magical garden with a little bird who can sing the beautiful compositions that run through her head. But as the scratches Róza makes on the rafter to mark each day begin to number in the dozens, then hundreds, it's clear that she must make a drastic change and risk separation to keep her daughter safe. This stunning debut novel sings with the power of a mother's love and the heartbreaking risks she'll endure. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Jennifer Rosner is the author of If A Tree Falls: A Family's Quest to Hear and Be Heard, a memoir about raising her deaf daughters in a hearing, speaking world. Her children's book, The Mitten String, is a Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable. Jennifer's writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Massachusetts Review, The Forward, Good Housekeeping, and elsewhere. She lives in western Massachusetts with her family. The Yellow Bird Sings is her debut novel and is being published around the world.

Subject: Mother and child > Fiction.
Imagination > Fiction.
Hiding places > Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 > Poland > Fiction.
FICTION / Historical / World War II.
FICTION / Jewish.
FICTION / Women.
World War (1939-1945)
Poland.
Genre: Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.

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