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: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780525645535
Characteristics: 220 pages : chiefly color illustrations, portraits ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Czap, Kevin


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IndyPL_TammieB Nov 30, 2020

This powerful graphic story fills in the holes of one of the main characters in the Wonder Series, Julian, and helps the reader find redemption in his previous reprehensible behavior. This story is not classically a Wonder story because it takes place years before Wonder, during World War II. It is the wonderful and poignant story of Julian's grandmother and his namesake, Julien. Have tissues ready as we learn that Sara and Julian have many similar character traits beyond just the connection of her grandson's name. As we read of Sara's growth and maturity learning about the significance of kindness, we see Julian growing as well. Wonderfully done book to accompany Wonder and Auggie and Me.

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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IndyPL_TammieB Nov 30, 2020

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IndyPL_TammieB Dec 20, 2020

"It always takes courage to be kind. But in those days , when such kindness could cost you everything--your freedom, your life--kindness becomes a miracle. It becomes the light in the darkness that Papa talked about, the very essence of humanity. It is hope."

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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IndyPL_TammieB Nov 30, 2020

This is another tale connected with Palacio's famous book Wonder. In Wonder, one of the main characters, Julian, is portrayed as very unaccepting of Auggie's differences and is quite the bully. In her second novel, Auggie and Me, Julian is somewhat redeemed as we learn about the story from his point of view and we see what happens to him following.

In this book we learn about Julian's Grandmother. He calls her in Paris for a school assignment to learn more details about her life during World War II, when she was a young Jewish teen living in occupied France. When the Nazis began rounding up Jews in their small town, Sara (Julian's Grandmother) went into hiding for more than a year. She was led to safety by an unlikely friend, her shunned classmate Julien. Similar to Auggie, Julien was the subject of ridicule and bullying. Sara was complicit in the shunning of a classmate until her own eye-opening realization that she was despised by others, not because of something she did, but because of something she was. Julien and his parents protected and fed Sara in secret for the duration of the war. During her interminable hours alone in a hayloft, and through the daily visits from Julien and his mother, Sara starts to see the world through other eyes, and to understand how spoiled and self-centered she's been. She also learns the enormous value of kindness, a theme from all 3 of the Wonder books. Grandmother's story has a profound impact Julian and the reader sees him grow.


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