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The Wren and the Sparrow

Written By: Patrick Lewis
Illustrated By: Yevgenia Nayberg


The Wren and the Sparrow

An allegorical tale about Nazi occupied Poland in which a town’s residents are forced to turn over their musical instruments. A young student rescues the hurdy-gurdy of her teacher, who has presumably befallen a terrible fate, and later, a young boy finds the instrument and intends to pass it–and the importance of remembering–on to his future grandchildren.

Rating: 4 ****

The musical instrument makes it easier for kids to understand the importance and significance of the holocaust and how the music died yet still lives on.

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