189 Canaries

189 Canaries

Dieter Böge


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In a cozy room in northern Germany, a yellow canary sings rolling melodies to the miners and carpenters of the Harz mountains. But today a bird dealer has come, and he will take the canary far, far away from everything he knows. The journey leads onto trains and steamships, across Europe and even the Atlantic. At last the canary arrives in a room in New York where he hears a strangely familiar song…

This beautiful, poignant book introduces readers to the little-known history of a beloved songbird. Lushly illustrated in rich colors, 189 Canaries is an unforgettable story about music, migration, and the search for home. 


Dieter Böge:

Dieter Böge is a children's book author, painter, and translator. His books have been nominated for the German Youth Literature Award and selected for the International Youth Library's White Ravens catalog. 189 Canaries began when Dieter discovered a photo of 189 canvas-covered birdcages on a wooden rack, which made him curious about their story. Dieter lives in Germany. 189 Canaries is his English-language debut.