Review & Giveaway: The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner

The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner

Publication Date: March 3, 2020
Flatiron Books

Genre: Historical Fiction

In Poland, as World War II rages, a mother hides with her young daughter, a musical prodigy whose slightest sound may cost them their lives.

As Nazi soldiers round up the Jews in their town, Róża and her 5-year-old daughter, Shira, flee, seeking shelter in a neighbor’s barn. Hidden in the hayloft day and night, Shira struggles to stay still and quiet, as music pulses through her and the farmyard outside beckons. To soothe her daughter and pass the time, Róża tells her a story about a girl in an enchanted garden:

The girl is forbidden from making a sound, so the yellow bird sings. He sings whatever the girl composes in her head: high-pitched trills of piccolo; low-throated growls of contrabassoon. Music helps the flowers bloom.

In this make-believe world, Róża can shield Shira from the horrors that surround them. But the day comes when their haven is no longer safe, and Róża must make an impossible choice: whether to keep Shira by her side or give her the chance to survive apart.

Inspired by the true stories of Jewish children hidden during World War II, Jennifer Rosner’s debut is a breathtaking novel about the unbreakable bond between a mother and a daughter. Beautiful and riveting, The Yellow Bird Sings is a testament to the triumph of hope—a whispered story, a bird’s song—in even the darkest of times.



Have you ever sat down to start a new book, only planning to read for an hour or so and ended up devouring the entire thing in one sitting? That happened to me the other night with The Yellow Bird Sings. I literally could not put it down. There is no way my review will do justice to just how incredible this book it.

The Yellow Bird Sings is an emotional & heartbreaking read. It follows the life of a Jewish woman Roza and her young daughter as they hide from the Nazis. At a time when people are turning in their Jewish neighbors for a bag of sugar, they are lucky to have a sympathetic neighbor family to help them. Though it does come at a price. They spend their days in absolute silence, not daring the make even the slightest noise to alert others to their presence, hiding in a pile of hay in the attic. Their only entertainment are the stories that Roza tells her daughter Shira about their family, their shared love of music and the little yellow bird that Shira has with her.

When the opportunity comes for Shira to escape to a better life with people that help Jewish children, her mother Roza must make the most difficult decision in her life to either let her go or stay together and hope for the best.

The author's writing is phenomenal and the book instantly grabs you. It's not an easy read but an important one and it's one that I know I will never ever forget.

Have tissues at the ready because you're gonna need them!


I have one copy of The Yellow Bird Sings up for grabs! 

To enter, just leave a comment! 

Giveaway is open to US only. Ends on March 20th.


  1. This sounds so good! Thanks for the great review!

  2. Thanks for this memorable, profound and emotional novel which is a real treasure. I am Jewish and I read so many captivating and unforgettable Holocaust novels. This story is beautiful. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. How beautiful! Thank you for sharing this.

  4. Wow Amy, this book sounds amazing! It is special when you find a book that draws you in and doesn't let you go. Can't wait to read it.

  5. A meaningful feature and giveaway which resonates greatly with me. An important story that is extraordinary. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  6. I would love to have a good cry over a book, it always shows me it is written well to elicit that reaction.

  7. This sounds like an excellent story. I'd love to have a copy, thanks for the chance to win it. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  8. I cannot imagine struggling for life and trying to save your child too. It's beyond my comprehension. I MUST read this book!

  9. This sounds like such a beautiful story of a mother's love. So many children had to endure this.


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