The moving story of a young boy who discovers the power of beauty and kindness during a time of war. Drasko helps his father sell flowers in Sarajevo, but when war threatens and his father is called to the battlefront, Drasko must take over the flower stall. One morning the boy's familiar routine is shattered when a mortar shell hits the bakery, killing twenty-two people. The next day, a cellist from the Sarajevo Opera Orchestra goes to the crater and plays the most beautiful music that Drasko can imagine. Inspired, he looks for ways to ease the sorrow of those around him. Based on real events of the Bosnian War, award-winning songwriter and storyteller John McCutcheon tells the uplifting story of the power of beauty in the face of violence and suffering. The story comes to life with the included CD in which cellist Vedrun Smailovic accompanies McCutcheon and performs the melody that he played in 1992 to honor those who died in the Sarajevo mortar blast.
by John Kricher
by John McPhee
by John Steinbeck
by John Phillips
by John Jantsch
by John Flanagan
"Following a 1992 mortar attack that killed 22 civilians in a Sarajevo market square, cellist Vedran Smailovic performed in the ruins. John McCutcheon is both author and narrator of this picture book based on that event and told in the voice of Drasko, a young boy who sells flowers in the square. McCutcheon's rich baritone voice suits the gravity of the story yet conveys the quick speech and impatience of a boy who is questioning his father while trying to make sense of a world suddenly plagued by war and uncertainty. McCutcheon also imbues Drasko with a sense of optimism as he strives to make Sarajevo beautiful with his flowers. Additional tracks include the story, notes, a page-turn version, the Smailovic cello elegy, an original song, and a conversation with the author. L.T. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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