White Bird

White Bird

A Wonder Story

Graphic Novel - 2019
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Tells the story of Julian's Grandmére's childhood as she, a Jewish girl, was hidden by a family in a Nazi-occupied French village during World War II and how the boy she once shunned became her savior and best friend.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780525645535
Characteristics: 220 p. : color ill., portraits ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Czap, Kevin


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VaughanPLTiziana Oct 09, 2020

A powerful graphic novel about Sara, a young Jewish girl hidden by a kind family in a Nazi-occupied French village during World War II. It expands on characters Julian and Grandmère from the popular children's book "Wonder". This beautifully illustrated graphic novel is told through the eyes of Grandmère, who recounts her life as a young Jewish girl. This story truly demonstrates the power of kindness and courage to save lives during an extremely turbulent time. "You might forget many things in your life, but you never forget kindness. Like love, it stays with you…forever."

apollospacefan Jun 30, 2020

Absolutely beautiful story and illustrations! Sad WWII subject matter for younger readers, but presented well. The main character is someone children can identify with, so when she's suddenly forced out of her comfortable life, the effects of war hit home for the reader. This recounting of a teen Jewish girl involves just a handful of characters, making it easier for children to grasp the ways war affected individual lives, including children like them.

ArapahoeSarahH Apr 24, 2020

This graphic novel is an important read, and brings history into a digestible and understandable format for today's youth. Heartbreaking, heartwarming, hopeful and tragic all at the same time.

IndyPL_SarahL Mar 23, 2020

Beautiful, heartbreaking, and important. This book expands on the theme of kindness and not-so-subtly criticizes current politics and its treatment of immigrants. This would be an excellent addition to any middle grade study of the Holocaust, immigration, or disability awareness.

Nov 15, 2019

This book is a treasure. The beautiful binding protects and projects the gorgeous artistry and storytelling inside. Palacio sets up the plot with Julian (a familiar character from "Wonder" and "Auggie & Me") asking his grandmother to tell him her story for a school assignment. She agrees and a compelling tale follows. I could not put it down and read it almost straight through. As denoted by the title, a bird motif is featured throughout and ties the narrative together in unexpected ways. Sara & Julian's story reminds us to be kind and to help one another. As Mr. Rogers advised us in the wake of 9/11 to "look for the helpers," this story reminds us that we also need to be those "helpers." This book may be shelved in the J Graphic section, but it is for everyone!
"What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it from happening again." -- Anne Frank

JCLEmmaF Oct 23, 2019

A comic following a Jewish girl in WW2, the grandma of a character in the Wonder books. This was beautiful and left me misty eyed... including the epilogue, taking place in modern day. This is a good one to read with a kid in relation to today's politics, and kid questions like, "why do we have to learn history?"


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VaughanPLTiziana Oct 09, 2020

"You might forget many things in your life, but you never forget kindness. Like love, it stays with you…forever."


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