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Book Title: The Harmonica|
The author of the book: Tony Johnston
Date of issue: February 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9781570915475
Format files: PDF
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This story begins in Poland where a boy is family are enjoying each others company and the beauty of music even though they are poor. It is illustrated with beautiful warm colors and the happiness radiates off the page. Then the colors of the illustrations turn cold and dark as the boy and his parents are split apart and sent to separate concentration camps in Nazi Germany. The only thing that helps the boy survive is his small silver harmonica and the music of Schubert.
Author Tony Johnston creates authentic characters with only a small amount of words. He does not romanticize the life of the Polish family before or after they are split apart by Nazi's. the reader never finds out what has happened to the parents although the boy has come to terms with the fact that they are most likely dead. Because of the serious and honest nature of this book, I would recommend it for 5th grade above and for students who are already familiar with the history of Nazi Germany.
One part of this book that I think will resonate with students today is the healing power of music. Even though the boy was facing unspeakable hardships, the music of his harmonica helped him (and many other prisoners) survive from day to day.
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Read information about the authorTony Johnston has written many acclaimed books for young people. She and her husband lived in Mexico for fifteen years, where they raised their children. She now lives in San Marino, California.
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