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Hold On to Your Music: The Inspiring True Story of the Children of Willesden Lane

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An inspiring true story about one girl's escape from the Holocaust to become a concert pianist against all odds, made popular by musician Mona Golabek's highly acclaimed theatrical performance and the beloved novel The Children of Willesden Lane--now available for the youngest of audiences in illustrated form. In pre-World War II Vienna, Lisa Jura was a musical prodigy who An inspiring true story about one girl's escape from the Holocaust to become a concert pianist against all odds, made popular by musician Mona Golabek's highly acclaimed theatrical performance and the beloved novel The Children of Willesden Lane--now available for the youngest of audiences in illustrated form. In pre-World War II Vienna, Lisa Jura was a musical prodigy who dreamed of becoming a concert pianist. But when enemy forces threatened the city-particularly the Jewish people that lived there-Lisa's parents were forced to make a difficult decision. They chose to send Lisa to London for safety through the Kindertransport-a rescue effort that relocated Jewish children. As Lisa yearned to be reunited with her family while living in a home for refugee children on Willesden Lane, her music became a beacon of hope for those around her. A true story of courage, survival, and determination, this compelling tribute to a gifted young girl has already touched the lives of many around the world. Originally published in 2017 for older readers, The Children of Willesden Lane has sold hundreds of thousands of copies globally; now this picture book retelling will inspire a new generation.


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An inspiring true story about one girl's escape from the Holocaust to become a concert pianist against all odds, made popular by musician Mona Golabek's highly acclaimed theatrical performance and the beloved novel The Children of Willesden Lane--now available for the youngest of audiences in illustrated form. In pre-World War II Vienna, Lisa Jura was a musical prodigy who An inspiring true story about one girl's escape from the Holocaust to become a concert pianist against all odds, made popular by musician Mona Golabek's highly acclaimed theatrical performance and the beloved novel The Children of Willesden Lane--now available for the youngest of audiences in illustrated form. In pre-World War II Vienna, Lisa Jura was a musical prodigy who dreamed of becoming a concert pianist. But when enemy forces threatened the city-particularly the Jewish people that lived there-Lisa's parents were forced to make a difficult decision. They chose to send Lisa to London for safety through the Kindertransport-a rescue effort that relocated Jewish children. As Lisa yearned to be reunited with her family while living in a home for refugee children on Willesden Lane, her music became a beacon of hope for those around her. A true story of courage, survival, and determination, this compelling tribute to a gifted young girl has already touched the lives of many around the world. Originally published in 2017 for older readers, The Children of Willesden Lane has sold hundreds of thousands of copies globally; now this picture book retelling will inspire a new generation.

30 review for Hold On to Your Music: The Inspiring True Story of the Children of Willesden Lane

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Brehl

    This is a well-told story about the author's mother's early years as a talented jewish girl in vienna who became a refugee to England in the Kinder Transport before war began. It makes a complex and frightening reality accessible for young readers and honors the dedication, practice, talent, and success her mother demonstrated after being separated from her beloved parents. Back matter is valuable to clarify some details and authenticate the source of the story. The focus overall is on the way in This is a well-told story about the author's mother's early years as a talented jewish girl in vienna who became a refugee to England in the Kinder Transport before war began. It makes a complex and frightening reality accessible for young readers and honors the dedication, practice, talent, and success her mother demonstrated after being separated from her beloved parents. Back matter is valuable to clarify some details and authenticate the source of the story. The focus overall is on the way in which holding on to music provided the strength young Lisa Jura needed to survive, but glossed over the reality of what happened to the parents she had to leave behind. Holding her mother's words in her heart gave her strength, but I suspect will leave some readers with countless questions. Perhaps this could be the entry story to lead them to other picture books, even fictionally-historic ones, that can introduce the issues during Nazi power in Europe.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Diane White

    Simple picture book about a girl who has to leave her parents in Vienna because of the Nazis and go live in England. Her mother tells her to "hold onto her music" and it is this that keeps her together. The caretaker in England is a nice woman who encourages her piano playing. The pictures are well done and add a great deal to the story. Simple picture book about a girl who has to leave her parents in Vienna because of the Nazis and go live in England. Her mother tells her to "hold onto her music" and it is this that keeps her together. The caretaker in England is a nice woman who encourages her piano playing. The pictures are well done and add a great deal to the story.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jo Oehrlein

    An Austrian Jewish girl escapes to England (on a train full of other refugee children) and lives in a refugee home in London. There she continues playing the piano, which is a tie to her home and mother. She eventually becomes a concert pianist. The book switches back and forth from "Mrs. Cohen" to "Gina", without ever telling you that they're the same person. An Austrian Jewish girl escapes to England (on a train full of other refugee children) and lives in a refugee home in London. There she continues playing the piano, which is a tie to her home and mother. She eventually becomes a concert pianist. The book switches back and forth from "Mrs. Cohen" to "Gina", without ever telling you that they're the same person.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Caufman

    From the author's note: "I wrote Hold On to Your Music because I wanted to inspire young readers to think about what they hold dear when facing difficult times." The artwork is spectacular, especially of the concert hall! From the author's note: "I wrote Hold On to Your Music because I wanted to inspire young readers to think about what they hold dear when facing difficult times." The artwork is spectacular, especially of the concert hall!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cara Noyes

    I cannot wait to share this great story with my students! The writing was excellent and the illustrations beautiful! This is perfect for elementary teachers, especially music educators, to share with kids.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

    The story of one Austrian Jewish girl who went to England through the Kindertransport and continued playing music throughout. Some unclear time skips.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Bell

    Good story. But alas, my rating is on the telling of the story, not the story itself, and the telling was mediocre.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Awjtf

    Inspiring book!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Syntha Green

  10. 4 out of 5

    Julie

  11. 4 out of 5

    Keri

  12. 4 out of 5

    Allison

  13. 5 out of 5

    Annese

  14. 4 out of 5

    Allison Volz

  15. 5 out of 5

    Pam

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carlos

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kim

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  20. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jayden

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Labonte

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ckelley

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie Ecker

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elyse

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shauna Yusko

  30. 4 out of 5

    Abby

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