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Lori SmithThe story here is not terribly compelling; it is told as though by one adult to another, facts recited rather than yarns spun, and the English translation from the original German occasionally falters. But gorgeous illustrations by Robert Ingpen, who won the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1986, make the book worth owning. Ingpen's heartfelt detail—faces of women and children, workers lining up in the cold—captures both the gray dreariness of Oberndorf and the bright light and hope of the music.
—The Washington Post