Flowers for Sarajevo
by John McCutcheon and Kristy Caldwell

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More About Flowers for Sarajevo by John McCutcheon; Kristy Caldwell
  • ISBN-13: 9781561459438
  • ISBN-10: 1561459437
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
  • Publish Date: April 2017
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 6-9
  • Dimensions: 9.7 x 11.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds

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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Historical - Military & Wars
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Historical - Europe

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-01-30
  • Reviewer: Staff

McCutcheon follows Christmas in the Trenches with another powerful story of a musical performance that defied the horror of combat. During the civil war in the former Yugoslavia, a mortar attack in Sarajevo killed 22 people waiting in line for bread. The next day, a cellist appeared in the square where the attack occurred and played Albinonis Adagio. Vedran Smailovic played for 22 successive daysone for each victim. McCutcheons story introduces Drasko, whose father sells flowers in the marketplace where the massacre occurred. When his father leaves to fight, Drasko takes over the flower stand. After the cellists performance, the healing power of Smailovics music is seen in Draskos impulsive generosity: Please take them, he says to a woman buying roses. Today they are free. Newcomer Caldwells strongly drafted artwork observes the variety of faces in the market square and the classic European architecture that surrounds it. In an afterword, McCutcheon recounts a poignant exchange: Why are you playing where there is bombing? a soldier demanded. Why are you bombing where I am playing? Smailovic replied. An audio CD is included. Ages 710. (Apr.)

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