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What Sami Sings with the Birds

Johanna Spyri

Book Overview: 

Old Mary Ann has done her best to bring up her son on her own. Like other relatives, her son has a longing to travel off over the mountains. Mary Ann goes with him. Later on her son marries, but loses his wife after she gives birth to their son. Mary Ann assumes responsibility of her grandson, while her son moves away in the agony of his grief. This is the story of what happens to her grandson and where his Grandmother, the songs of the birds, and his faith leads him.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ve, the whole song that his grandmother had taught him:

Last night Summer breezes blew:—
All the flowers awake anew,
Open wide their eyes to see,
Nodding, bowing in their glee.

All the merry birds we hear
Greet the sunshine bright and clear;
See them flitting thru the sky,
Singing low and singing high!

Flowers in Summer warmth delight:—
What of Winter and its blight?
Snowy fields and forests cold?
Flowers are by their faith consoled.

Songsters, all so blithe and gay,
Know ye what your carols say?
How will your sweet carols fare
When your nests the snow-storms tear?

All the birdlings everywhere
Now their loveliest songs prepare;
All the birdlings gayly sing:—
"Trust the Lord in everything!"

Then Sami listened very attentively, as if he wanted to hear whether the birds really sang so.

"Listen, listen, grandmother!" . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Excited to have discovered another book by the author of Heidi. This was a sweet tale of a young boy who lives with his grandmother in the mountains between France and Germany-- until his grandmother dies and his trials begin.

Old Mary Ann has done her best to bring up her son on her own. Like other relatives, her son has a longing to travel off over the mountains. Mary Ann goes with him. Later on her son marries, but loses his wife after she gives birth to their son. Mary Ann assumes responsibility of her grandson, while

this book was adorable. I loved it.