Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner

It is 1941 and we find Roza and Shira hiding in a barn after they fled the city where they lived.

Roza saw her parents and husband killed, and she realized the only way to keep her daughter safe was to run.

Shira was only five, had a gift for music, but could not make a sound. 

They hid for approximately 400 days in a barn.  It definitely was difficult to keep a five-year-old child quiet, but Shira did it.

It eventually became too dangerous to keep hiding. The farmer's wife took Shira from Roza and sent her to an orphanage while Roza fled into the woods.

Your heart will break for the characters as you wonder how you would feel about having to send your children away to protect them.

We follow both characters as they yearn for each other and try to survive without each other - Shira in a convent and Roza on the run freezing and barely surviving in the woods.

You will be drawn into the lives of Roza and Shira and ache along with them.

THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS is a beautiful, but heart wrenching story. It is a story of bravery and endurance.

If you enjoy historical fiction, learning of musical prodigies, and books lyrically and beautifully written along with a story line that pulls you in, you will not want to miss this book. 

It will stay with you long after you close the cover. 5/5

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I hope you get to read this book.

    Thanks for stopping.

  2. I can't wait to read this one.
    It does sound very heartbreaking but very good also.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. It is excellent.

      Thanks for your comment, Linda.

  3. Sounds such a good emotional story.

    1. Very emotional and very good.

      Thanks for your comment, Mystica.

  4. I am already feeling something emotional about these characters and their situation. And I love that cover! Great review.

    1. Thank you about my review, Laurel, and thanks for your comment.

      It is VERY emotional.