The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosen

Good Reads Description:

“In Poland, as World War II rages, a mother hides with her young daughter, a musical prodigy whose slightest sound may cost them their lives.

As Nazi soldiers round up the Jews in their town, Róża and her 5-year-old daughter, Shira, flee, seeking shelter in a neighbor’s barn. Hidden in the hayloft day and night, Shira struggles to stay still and quiet, as music pulses through her and the farmyard outside beckons. To soothe her daughter and pass the time, Róża tells her a story about a girl in an enchanted garden:

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.

In this make-believe world, Róża can shield Shira from the horrors that surround them. But the day comes when their haven is no longer safe, and Róża must make an impossible choice: whether to keep Shira by her side or give her the chance to survive apart.

Inspired by the true stories of Jewish children hidden during World War II, Jennifer Rosner’s debut is a breathtaking novel about the unbreakable bond between a mother and a daughter. Beautiful and riveting, The Yellow Bird Sings is a testament to the triumph of hope—a whispered story, a bird’s song—in even the darkest of times.” 

Helen says:  🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓 

You may be saying to yourself, “Another WW2 book…no thanks!”.  This is worth the read!  I couldn’t put it down.  Also, it is a good book to read if you are feeling blue about the COVID quarantine.  It really puts in perspective how good we actually have it!  The plight this mother and daughter went through was harrowing.  There was a somewhat happy ending though!  My favorite of our selections this month.  

Holly says: 🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓 

So far, one of my top book choices for 2020.  In other words, I loved it!  This is a heartwrenching and breathtaking novel of the bond between a mother and daughter during the darkest of times. Beautifully written and heartbreakingly mesmerizing from the get-go, the lives and experiences of Roza and Shira will stay with you long after you finish reading their story. An amazing tale of  motherhood and survival, and what a mother will do to protect and save her child in the harshest and cruelest conditions.  It’s a must read!

Click here to purchase The Yellow Bird Sings on Amazon.

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