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Petar's Song

3.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  8 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Petar loves music, and his violin keeps the whole village dancing. But when war breaks out, Petar, his mother and his brother have to leave the valley and flee across the border to safety, leaving their beloved father in the village with the other men. Petar is so sad that he can no longer play his music - until one day a song of peace, spring and new beginnings starts to ...more
Paperback, 28 pages
Published 2003 by Frances Lincoln
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Alice Nachir
Sep 03, 2012 Alice Nachir rated it liked it
This book is about the break-out of war, devastation and the need to flee. Petar is a young boy who loves playing music on his violin, and this seems to be at the centre of his world. When the war starts, Petar, his mother, brother and sister leave their valley and cross the border to safety, having to leave their Father behind.

For a while Petar is so upset that he doesn't want to play his violin until his family encourage him and a song of peace comes to into his mind. The peaceful melodies he
Eleanor West
Jun 30, 2014 Eleanor West rated it really liked it
A family, ripped a part when a war tears through their village, flee to find refuge. Petar the eldest son plays the violin but when separated from his father he struggles to find happiness or reason to play his violin as it reminds him too much of his father. We never know what happens to his father but with time and growing hope, Petar finds happiness and support through playing his violin and creates a song that one day his father will hear.

Though a tale that does not necessarily have a happy
Jun 20, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it
A beautiful picture book we have read as part of RWI comprehension during refugee week. The images and illustrations are full of actiona and detail. Children had to deduce quite a lot and show their understanding, this was helped by questioning.

The book has created a lot of opportunities for speaking and listening. We've had debates about what exactly constitutes a war and how/If you can change your own mood.

An appropriate refugee storu suitable for all KS2, although less able readers/ Y3 make s
Mar 27, 2012 Den rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: family separation - war
I felt so sorry for the family in this book who get separated from their father and become refugees. It looks at the part of family separation and hints towards hope for the future.
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Pratima Mitchell was born in India and studied in Delhi, London and the United States. She comes from a family of authors and made her debut as an author at the age of eleven. She has worked as a journalist, editor, waitress and teacher. Nowadays she lives in Oxford (UK).
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