(National Council for the Social Studies)
A delicately told picture book story in which a child in a war-torn city struggles with many emotions. Through incident and story, the book creates opportunities for readers to consider the futility of war, the resilience of the human spirit, the power of music, and the way courage in the face of adversity can nourish the spirit and feed the soul.
Publisher's Weekly (Starred review): "Cutler's focus on turning calamity on its head will likely have an uplifting effect on readers young and old."
Kirkus: "...a simply told, powerfully evoked tale of music and courage..."
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