Drasko inherits the responsibility for the family’s flower stand when war calls his father away, and sees firsthand how the action of one brave musician ripples through the community. Written by John McCutcheon.
A Junior Library Guild Spring 2017 Selection / Kirkus Best Picture Books of 2017 / New York Library’s Best Books for Kids 2017 / Chicago Tribune Top 10 Picture Books of 2017 / Honorable Mention, Huffington Post “Most Powerful” Picture Book of 2017
“Beauty will always find a way to rise from violence, but this is a reminder all readers need.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“Caldwell’s artwork is stunning, using rich colors and panels in a graphic novel–like style. A gorgeous, quiet work that emphasizes the importance of empathy and community.” —School Library Journal article feature
“Moving. … A bittersweet account of the power of art in dark times.” —Booklist
“John McCutcheon’s evocative prose and Kristy Caldwell’s cinematic illustrations do the seemingly impossible. … A hauntingly beautiful tale, ‘Flowers for Sarajevo’ looks upon the horrors of war and yet somehow manages to stay innocent and hopeful.” —Chicago Tribune
“[A] powerful story of a musical performance that defied the horror of combat.” —Publishers Weekly
“It’s rare to find a children’s book that’s so completely a work of art. An artistic experience that is visual, musical, and empathetic. … This book is a treasure.” —YA and Kids Books Central