An old man, known as the Wren, plays his hurdy-gurdy, and with the help of his student, the Sparrow, brings hope and inspiration to the people of a small Polish town during the Holocaust in The Wren and the Sparrow. When the Nazis come to take the town s musical instruments, the Wren asks for one last song. When his hurdy-gurdy is taken, it is up to the Sparrow to save it and ensure that the day is remembered forever.
This beautifully illustrated fable by U.S. Children's Poet Laureate (2011-2013) J. Patrick Lewis weaves a lyrical and elegant tale of a mysterious musician and the trusted young friend who rescues the hurdy-gurdy and hides it from its intended fate at the hands of the Nazis. The richly colored illustrations are by award-winning Russian painter and stage designer Yevgenia Nayberg.
Includes an Afterword with history of the Lodz Ghetto street musicians who inspired this story.
ISBN: 978-1-4677-1951-3 (Hardcover)
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