Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: March 5th 2020
Source: Pansing Books
Page Count: 294
Blurb from Goodreads:
Poland, 1941. After the Jews in their town are rounded up, Roza and her five-year-old daughter, Shira, spend day and night hidden in a farmer’s barn. Forbidden from making a sound, only the yellow bird from her mother’s stories can sing the melodies Shira composes in her head.
Roza does all she can to take care of Shira and shield her from the horrors of the outside world. They play silent games and invent their own sign language. But then the day comes when their haven is no longer safe, and Roza must face an impossible choice: whether to keep her daughter close by her side, or give her the chance to survive by letting her go . . .
The Yellow Bird Sings is a powerfully gripping and deeply moving novel about the unbreakable bond between parent and child and the triumph of humanity and hope in even the darkest circumstances.
HERE’S MY REVIEW!
I am always fascinated with war stories and how people live throughout the days of Holocaust. While choosing on books to read, I am definitely drawn to the essence of the story which is about a mother and a child trying to survive in this tough time while their people, the Jews are rounded up by the German soldiers.
Music plays an important role in the book as Shira, the daughter is a music prodigy herself. However, Shira’s upbringing is hard because she is forbidden from making any noises or sounds as they want to avoid suspicions from the public. The mother, Roza does whatever it takes to keep her only child safe.
The story starts off slow and built as it goes along. That is why I take two months to finish this book. To be honest, I am only intrigued by the last 50 pages of the book where the story becomes better. I struggle to read the first parts of the book mainly because the story is slow and there is nothing that interesting happens.
The Yellow Bird Sings portrays a mothers love and just how far they sacrifice themselves to keep their daughters safe. It is definitely an emotional read for me. I cannot imagine how painful it is to let go of your child to keep her safe from danger. To leave your kid behind with a stranger and start a new life at a new place. I cannot never fathom the experience. Some people may be lucky that they will reunite at the end of their lives but some don’t get to experience that. However, I am glad of the ending because it shows how life will always find its way.
Thank you Pansing Books for sending me The Yellow Bird Sings in exchange of an honest review.