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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 thr
Expected publication: 2020 by Picador
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    Release date: Mar 03, 2020
    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.

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    Actual rating: 3.5/5

    As a Polish woman, I'm always subconsciously on the lookout for books with Polish characters/history/culture; therefore, getting an ARC of this book was a pleasant surprise. I knew it was about WWII, but I didn't know just how heavily Polish traditions/names/etc played in this. So, I was pleasantly surprised.

    Now, this isn't a kind story. It's about war, so that's to be expected. However, the bond represented between the mother and daughter is lovely. I myself
    Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
    A Jewish mother and her five year old daughter hide from the Nazis in a barn. Absolute silence is required which is difficult enough for a young child but is compounded by the fact that this child is musical genius. The mother tells tales about a yellow bird in an effort to keep her daughter quiet. The imaginary yellow bird allows the child to fly freely and express her musicality albeit in silence. This is a bleak novel of silence, survival, separation, starvation, rape and a bond between a mot ...more
    Jennifer Blankfein
    Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Poland 1941, mother and daughter are hiding in a barn, silenced and afraid… The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner is filled with heartbreak, hope and music.

    Emotional, heartbreaking and hopeful, The Yellow Bird Sings touches the music of your soul. It is 1941 Poland; Roza and Shira, mother and daughter are Jews, hidden in a barn by farmers. Henryk, the husband, ensures their safety while violating Roza in the night, and his wife Krystyna, provides extra food for Shira; she believes
    Inspired by the true stories of Jewish children being hidden during WWII. Could you bear to part with your child? What if that meant the only way for your child to survive war?

    Poland, 1941. Roza and her five year old daughter Shira hide in a neighbor’s barn. Shira, a musical prodigy, is told to keep quiet, but struggles with it as any child would. Her mother invents elaborate stories to keep Shira engaged with her mind and not words. One of those stories is an imaginary bird who sing
    Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
    War torn Poland in 1941. Roza and her daughter Shira are hiding from Germans soldiers in a barn. The rest of their family have been killed by the Germans. They hide in silence as they can here the footsteps of the soldiers nearby. They spend several months in the barn while there, Roza telling Shira magical stories and teaching her music passed down from generations of her family. Shira is a music prodigy. As the soldiers are getting closer and the rumours stir of the Jews that have been hiding ...more
    Jeanine Cummins
    Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Tender, brutal, and beautiful. Read it.
    Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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    Book Review: The Yellow Bird Sings
    Author: Jennifer Rosner
    Publisher: Flatiron Books/Macmillan
    Publication Date: March 3, 2020
    Review Date: November 2, 2019

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    From the blur:
    “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
    Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Beautiful story!! The book really takes you on an emotional journey. The writing is poetic and the storyline is powerful. Absolutely loved it!
    Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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    This story was so beautifully written, and also heartbreaking. It is the story of a Jewish mother and her daughter, who is a musical prodigy - who are in hiding during World War 2 - in order to help keep her daughter quiet, the mother tells many stories, including one of a musical bird, which deeply enchants her daughter. The details and descriptions in this book are enchanting, even with the subject matter. The relationship between the mother and her daughter is so wonderful, and the characters ...more
    Kate Smith
    Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I loved this book, it kept me hooked from the very start which isn't an easy thing to do! It's beautifully written.

    Having a child the same age as Shira made me relate to Roza and her desperate need to keep her safe. What an emotional roller-coaster!
    Will C
    Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This is a beautifully written, impossible-to-put-down novel. Its portrayal of love, loss and connection is heartrending and exceptionally well done.
    Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Oh my...clear your calendar before you start reading this captivating, lyrically written novel. Rosner’s eloquent prose beautifully captures the intense bond between mother and child. Set during wartime Poland, this extraordinary story is filled with hope and heartbreak, regret and sacrifice. But the power and resilience of love literally sings from each and every page. Truly remarkable.
    Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
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    Inspired by true events, the story of survival through the worst of times is a classic but told through the eyes of a young Jewess, Róża and 5-year-old daughter Shira. Róża and Shira are the only ones of their family to escape the wrath of the Nazi soldiers who have just taken over their town. As they seek shelter in a hay barn both realize their absolute silence is paramount to their survival. But this is easier said than done for a young child. The following years of war bring heartbreaking ch ...more
    Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I received The Yellow Bird Sings as an Advance Copy from Flatiron Books. Thank you very much. I enjoyed this book a lot. Much has been written recently about the hardships and brutality of German Occupation throughout Europe during WWII. This books tells the tale from a slightly different perspective. Roza and her 5 yr old daughter, escape from their town when all the Jews are rounded up and killed. They end up hiding in a farmer's barn. The family helps them stay and be safe until their home is ...more
    Tristan Munoz
    Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This is a heart wrenching story set during WWII. Roza and her daughter Shira are Jewish and must hide from the German soldiers. They spend several months hiding in a barn until the German soldiers occupy the nearby town. Then Roza makes the difficult decision to let Shira be taken to a convent, where she hopes her daughter will be safe until the end of the war. At the convent, the nuns change Shira’s name to Zosia and bleach her hair blonde, in an effort to hide the fact that she is Jewish. Roza ...more
    Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I enjoyed this book so much and my heart broke for the mother and daughter to have to go into hiding.
    I can't imagine not getting to be the way God intended you to be.
    This new to me author has done a super job with the plot, characters and supporting characters. I am a little emotional over this book. I could feel their fear and anxious moments coming out at me and I wanted to pray for them. In fact I did. Ever done that even though they are fictional characters?
    Sometimes I even found mys
    Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
    The Yellow Bird Sings is a beautifully written story about a mother, Roza, and her 5 year old daughter in Poland during World War II. Jennifer Rosner presents them as formerly wealthy Jews that have lost everything including Roza’s husband, the child’s father. They are hiding in a barn and Roza uses the story of “The Yellow Bird” to keep her daughter entertained and quiet. She is also forced to utilize all of her other resources. Although this book has some very disturbing scenes, it is a realis ...more
    Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I was mesmerised by this beautiful book. Set in Poland during the Second World War, it follows the story of a mother and young child who are in hiding for their lives. #TheYellowBirdSings is absolutely perfect. The writing is exceptional, the characters are engaging, the plot is gripping, emotional and yet tender. I was so engaged that my plans for the day were put aside as I had to finish it.
    I can’t recommend this exquisite book highly enough.
    Thank you to #NetGalley and the publishers for the
    Rhonda Hendrick
    Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This is a wonderful testament to the bond of mothers and daughters. Róza and her daughter Shira are Jews and during WWII in Poland hide out in a barn to stay safe from the Nazis. Shira is a musical prodigy but is unable to make a sound while they hide. Róza tells her a story of a girl in an enchanted garden. As the war rages on, Róza must make some difficult decisions to keep Shira safe. This is a beautifully told story about hope in the face of horror. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to ...more
    Tamsin Preece
    Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This is a beautifully written book.

    In war torn Poland, Roza struggles to keep her daughter Shira safe. They rely on the kindness of strangers, but at what personal cost?

    I do not wish to give away any of the plot so I won’t go into detail. But this book grabbed my heartstrings and pulled hard. As a passionate musician myself, I loved the descriptive passages and I cried real tears at the finish.

    Read this book. You won’t regret it!
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for m
    Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I’ve read a lot of WWII fiction, but this is the first from this perspective. I’ve mostly read about people’s experiences in Auschwitz and other camps. I enjoyed reading Shira and her mum’s story. It was very well written and I look forward to more from this author.
    Thank you to Netgalley, the publishers and the author for the ARC.
    Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
    3.5. Lovely, but still not enough to overcome my WWII oversaturation malaise. It's not as innovative/inventive/imaginative as The Book Thief, and comparisons to Room are a leeeettle overstated.
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