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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for young readers, 5 Mar. 1998
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This review is from: The Singing Tree (Puffin Newbery Library) (Paperback)
This book, along with its prequel, The Good Master, is based on Seredy's childhood in Hungary. The Singing Tree opens with a traditional Hungarian wedding ceremony. Riding home from the wagon, Kate overhears the news that Francis Ferdinand has been shot. Hungary is soon plunged into the war. Kate's father and uncle become soldiers, along with the new groom and three of the village shopkeeper's sons. The Nagy farm is soon full of "refugees:" the new bride, six Russian prisoners to do field work, six German children escaping ravaged Berlin, Kate's grandparents, and a daughter of a judge who starts off as spoiled as Kate once was and is quickly reformed by firm Nagy love.

The Singing Tree contains a message of peace and hope, but it does deal, however gently, with racism and prejudice and the death and injury and madness that war causes. Children who have read The Good Master should probably wait a year before reading The Singing Tree.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for reading aloud to your children!, 18 Sept. 1998
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This review is from: The Singing Tree (Puffin Newbery Library) (Paperback)
This book was read to me as a child and I read it to my four boys too. They adore this book, and also the first in the series, The Good Master. If you are looking for a book for ALL ages of children, and that tells a great story with great values without hitting you on the head with them, this book is a great one! Don't miss it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book., 6 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: The Singing Tree (Puffin Newbery Library) (Paperback)
This continuation of "The Good Master" , one of my favourite books, is fascinating. Telling the sad story of the beginning of the First World War and the years that followed, I was deeply impressed. Our grand-daughter is being taught about this era at school, and after I had finished it, I lent it to her because it seemed to give a new view on life on the other side during that time. Well worth reading.
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The Singing Tree (Puffin Newbery Library) by Kate Seredy (Paperback - Oct. 1990)
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