- Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books (May 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0064403947
- ISBN-13: 978-0064403948
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,280,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Listen for the Singing Paperback – May, 1991
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Anna's life has certainly improved since her early days in Canada. Her Sight Savers teacher has married her (Anna's) doctor and they have named their daughter after Anna. Anna finally connects with the redoubtable oldest brother Rudi after Rudi is blinded in an accident while serving active duty. (As Germans in Canada, the Soldens face all kinds of discrimination because of the anti-German sentiments that stemmed from the Holocaust atrocities). This gently written, beautiful book helps remind folks that prejudice of any kind does not work and only exacerbates existing problems. Rudi tries to prove that point by serving in the Allied Forces. Once he is blinded and shipped home, it is Anna who nurses him back to health.
She reminds him of how his cruel taunting of her during her early years hurt her to the point of retreat; she reminds him that his cruel nickname for her ("Awkward Anna") was a painful memory she'll never be able to shed. She forces Rudi to confront his newly altered lifestyle; she forces him to learn Braille and to work with their father in the store. Anna encourages and reinforces Rudi every step of the way and literally forces her brother out of his self-imposed shell. During the Braille sessions, Anna learns alongside of Rudi because of her own very low vision.Read more ›
I just realized I write terrible reviews. Just read the book! It's one of my favorites, although I have a ton.