What I’m Reading: The Yellow Bird Sings

I was a patient waiter and waited and waited and waited to get the book The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner.  I got the book through my online library and sometimes it takes a long time to get a book.  I think I waited a few months for this one.

So was it worth the wait??

I would say yes….this is a WWII historical fiction piece.  With the help of an imaginary yellow bird, work to get through the war.  At first, I thought the bird was real and later came to realize it was imaginary.  I’m revealing that part of the book so you, like me, don’t end up confused too.  Overall, a good book.

Here’s what Amazon has to say:
As Nazi soldiers round up the Jews in their town, Róza 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, Róza 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 the contrabassoon. Music helps the flowers bloom.

In this make-believe world, Róza can shield Shira from the horrors that surround them. But the day comes when their haven is no longer safe, and Róza 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.”

Amazon readers gave the book 4.5 stars.  I’d give it 4.3.  My bias of liking books that are written in the first person came through again.  The book wrapped up a little quick, but not terrible.

If you’re interested, you can find the book HERE on Amazon.

2 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: The Yellow Bird Sings”

  1. I have read many holocaust books from a variety of survivors. It is so difficult to wrap your head around how awful that time was. One book I read have a man living in a ground tunnel for several years. Can you imagine. We are so blessed to live in this great country, in spite of all its challenges.

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