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White Bird: A Wonder Story

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Moving WWII graphic novel has loss, offers hope for future.

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age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+

Beautiful story with an unfortunate social justice message at the end

Beautiful illustrations and great historical fiction. I wish the author did not feel the need to bring current social justice issues in at the end and compare United State’s current events to Nazi Germany. It would have been a 5 star review without trying to over-influence children on social justice issues. Teach them history without bias.
age 10+

Fantastic book

My (almost-10-year- old) daughter loved this book and we immediately read it again after she was done the first time. It does deal with some violence and some death but it’s set during the historical period of the Holocaust si to be expected. Very touching book.

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Kids say (9 ):

Keep a tissue handy as you near the end of this moving World War II story, beautifully written and lovingly illustrated by R.J. Palacio. The author of Wonder and Auggie & Me gently but unblinkingly tells a fictional story that enfolds one of humanity's greatest tragedies in the hopeful embrace of messages about the importance of kindness and speaking out against injustice. White Bird: A Wonder Story may well raise questions about how and why the Holocaust happened that are difficult, maybe even impossible to answer or understand fully. Learning about and understanding the past so that it doesn't happen again is a central theme that, along with others, can help young readers process large-scale tragic events.

Palacio deftly weaves details about Julian's story that will be familiar to her readers, like his experience as a bully, with events in his grandmothers life -- from her complicit shunning of a classmate to her eye-opening realization that she was reviled by some not because of something she did, but because of something she was. Naturally, a story that takes place during the Holocaust has its share of tragedy and loss, which Palacio handles elegantly, but it also shows how to be a beacon of hope, how those beacons mean everything for the sake of humanity, and how readers of any age should be beacons of light themselves, whenever and however they can.

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