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Until the Robin Walks on Snow by [Rocque, Bernice L.]
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Until the Robin Walks on Snow is a Mom's Choice Award (MCA) Gold Recipient for YA HISTORICAL FICTION. MCA recognizes the best in family-friendly media, products, and services. -- Mom's Choice Awards.

Until the Robin Walks on Snow was named a Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards in the category, FACTION (fiction based on fact). -- 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards.

"Baby Antoni was born November, 1922, and while reading this wonderful novella, I spent many months in story time with these people from long ago, holding my breath with them, as they struggled so to save this precious little one, while continuing to try to live their lives at the same time." -- Product Review by Lori Moffit, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC.

"Ms. Rocque's eloquent writing creatively and mindfully manages facts and fiction... To me, the birth of Antoni and the family's focus to save the child during an especially harsh winter is symbolic of the often unpredictable tenuous journey that immigrants face when beginning a new life in an unfamiliar environment." -- Anna Bozena Bowen, award-winning author of HATTIE.

"I really enjoyed this story, and didn't want it to end." -- Liza Perrat, author of Spirit of Lost Angels.

From the Author


Imagine that you are the parent of a newborn weighing one-and-a-half pounds. Now imagine that it is 1922. You have just moved - from a city with some conveniences to a farm with no electricity or running water.

This work of fiction is based on actual events. The mother in the story was my Lithuanian grandmother. My uncle and aunt, who grew up in the 1920s, served as advisers for me. We like to say that this is the story that "might have happened."  I wrote it so that most members of a family would be able to read it. It is suitable for ages 10 and up.

Though the Author's Notes which follow the story were intended primarily for my family, I have received numerous favorable comments from other readers who have appreciated the additional information supplied about the family history, characters, ethnic traditions, setting, and medical aspects of the story. Educators may also find these notes useful.

Product Details

  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publisher: 3Houses; 1 edition (October 18, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009TCSX7M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #827,482 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From the moment I opened my copy of Until the Robin Walks on Snow I was drawn to read it. The image on the cover is lovely, the title intriguing, the author's style of writing makes this novella very accessible and eases the reader, as if a guest, into the home of this immigrant family. The notes at the back of this novella add important information to this meaningful reading experience. As a daughter of Polish immigrants I was brought back to my ethnic history - I smiled at each occasional Polish word, the chapter abut Christmas Eve (Wigilia) was heart warming - especially at this time of year - and even some of the formality in the way the characters communicated with each other brought back memories. Interestingly one would think in a story addressing an intense situation there would be greater expression of emotion. Yet I feel that the author's writing style purposely and effectively portrays the formality and emotional distance with which some Eastern European families communicate.

This novella offers a captivating account about faith, hope, and the unwavering determination of an immigrant family's struggle to sustain life. Ms Rocque's eloquent writing creatively and mindfully manages facts and fiction. Focused on the events following the birth of a premature infant, the author's attention to detail exemplifies the many ways this family loved and lived their life in America while maintaining a deep connection to their religion, traditions, and heritage.

To me the birth of Antoni and the family's focus to save the child during an especially harsh winter is symbolic of the unpredictable tenuous journey that immigrants often face when beginning a new life in an unfamiliar environment.
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Bernice Rocque's novella, Until the Robin Walks on Snow, is a lovely read, crafted in beautiful metaphors and poetic prose to paint a family history of what it was to be an immigrant family in the early twentieth century. The story focus is on an extremely premature baby son and the efforts the entire community of family go to, to keep him warm, fed and alive. The reader never loses sight of this effort under the umbrella of love in a backdrop of extreme weather, challenging methods to offer heat and sustenance to the baby, while dividing up the duties of the mother so she can tend to her child. This is a heartwarming story of tenderness and compassion, that depicts the best of the human condition. A charming read.
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As I read this book, I felt myself slowly drawn into a forgotten world, the one of our immigrant parents--what they faced, how they lived. Bernice Rocque vividly takes us into the lives of her Polish/Lithuanian/Russian ancestors during a critical moment, the birth of a pound-and-a-half baby that could hardly survive today, let alone in the 1920s. We enter into a slowed-down world of love, family, faith, and hope. What makes this book truly unique is that the author couples good storytelling with strenuous genealogical research, orally relayed family stories, and local history to weave a very credible insight into days gone by. Very helpfully, she provides actual anecdotal information in her author's notes. She models a creative way for people who love genealogy to bring alive their own family's stories--and for that aspect, this novella is particularly unique and inspiring.
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Until the Robin Walks on Snow Bernice L. Rocque
The writing and historical aspect of this book is unquestionably wonderful. The book drew me in and made me want to hug and help the Polish, Russian Immigrants in Norwich, Connecticut, as they fought to save a pound and a half baby in the 1920s. Through people I love, I have experienced what this entails today, and how difficult it is with all the modern conveniences.
The clever and resourceful choices, complimented the courage of this family made the story unique and full of hope.
Loved it! You can judge a book by its beautiful cover.
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I really enjoyed this story. I appreciated the insight that reveals how it came to be written. It had the feel of a wonderful close-up view of a resourceful family that had supportive friends and extended family. There was much revealed about immigrants and their traditions. There was much revealed about the customs of that time period. I suppose what I enjoyed most was the unfolding of the rich character of the people the author was sharing with us. I want that "midwife" as my friend. She beautifully demonstrated sacrificial love. I want the Grandfather to share with my grandchildren. The delightful grandfather at one point(when they were uprooting a Christmas tree), told his grandchildren that the tree was telling him things. When asked what he said to the tree he remarked,"I did not speak to it. One can learn much when one listens."
It is a well done simple story with much to ponder about the things we have lost in the passing of time.
Barbara Anne Waite- Author "Elsie-Adventures of an Arizona Schoolteacher 1913-1916"
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Back when little lives were still precious this immigrant family goes to great lengths to save the life of their premature baby who weighed a mere 1 ½ pounds at birth.

It's a heartwarming story of the life and trials of this family in the 1920's. It is well researched and told in such a way that makes for easy and enjoyable reading.

After reading the details and all the effort put into helping this infant to survive it's amazing that with all the technology we have today aborting infants larger than this is an ongoing daily fact.

You will find this little book well worth the time spent reading it.
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