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Until the Robin Walks on Snow by [Rocque, Bernice L.]
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It is 1922. An immigrant family and their devoted midwife struggle to save a tiny premature baby. Inspired by real events in Norwich, Connecticut, this historical fiction novella about determination, family, faith, and friendship includes a story chapter about the family's Polish and Lithuanian Christmas Eve traditions. Appendices include a List of Sources Consulted and Author's Notes about the facts, family history, and research behind the story.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publisher: 3Houses; 1 edition (Oct. 18 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009TCSX7M
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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This has something for everybody. Historically and personally fascinating. The story provides a vehicle for the fragility of humanity and the power to overcome . A sensitive look at the best in all of us and the miracle of life we take for granted everyday.
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HASH(0x9f1c8650) out of 5 stars The author creatively and mindfully manages facts and fiction... Dec 25 2012
By Anna Bowen - Published on
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From the moment I opened my copy of Until the Robin Walks on Snow I was drawn to read it. The image on the cover is lovely, the title intriguing, the author's style of writing makes this novella very accessible and eases the reader, as if a guest, into the home of this immigrant family. The notes at the back of this novella add important information to this meaningful reading experience. As a daughter of Polish immigrants I was brought back to my ethnic history - I smiled at each occasional Polish word, the chapter abut Christmas Eve (Wigilia) was heart warming - especially at this time of year - and even some of the formality in the way the characters communicated with each other brought back memories. Interestingly one would think in a story addressing an intense situation there would be greater expression of emotion. Yet I feel that the author's writing style purposely and effectively portrays the formality and emotional distance with which some Eastern European families communicate.

This novella offers a captivating account about faith, hope, and the unwavering determination of an immigrant family's struggle to sustain life. Ms Rocque's eloquent writing creatively and mindfully manages facts and fiction. Focused on the events following the birth of a premature infant, the author's attention to detail exemplifies the many ways this family loved and lived their life in America while maintaining a deep connection to their religion, traditions, and heritage.

To me the birth of Antoni and the family's focus to save the child during an especially harsh winter is symbolic of the unpredictable tenuous journey that immigrants often face when beginning a new life in an unfamiliar environment. Considering that the format of a novella is limited in length, the author manages to deliver an appealing story that relays a compelling description about how determination and the willingness of a small group of individuals working together made a difference not just in one child's life but in all of their lives.

There are stories in Until the Robin Walks on Snow waiting to be shared in greater detail including the friendship between the midwife and the mother, what became of the premature infant, and the potentially dangerous journey of the bootlegging grandfather. I hope that Ms Rocque takes this masterful beginning of a novella and considers expanding it into a collection of short stories or a novel.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f1c85e4) out of 5 stars Walking in the Steps of Our Immigrant Ancestors Oct. 16 2012
By Barbara E Taylor - Published on
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As I read this book, I felt myself slowly drawn into a forgotten world, the one of our immigrant parents--what they faced, how they lived. Bernice Rocque vividly takes us into the lives of her Polish/Lithuanian/Russian ancestors during a critical moment, the birth of a pound-and-a-half baby that could hardly survive today, let alone in the 1920s. We enter into a slowed-down world of love, family, faith, and hope. What makes this book truly unique is that the author couples good storytelling with strenuous genealogical research, orally relayed family stories, and local history to weave a very credible insight into days gone by. Very helpfully, she provides actual anecdotal information in her author's notes. She models a creative way for people who love genealogy to bring alive their own family's stories--and for that aspect, this novella is particularly unique and inspiring.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ef5990c) out of 5 stars Nice story, but one dimensional. March 23 2013
By A. H. - Published on
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This was a nice story about an immigrant family. However, I would call it a long, short story. Only one main conflict to the story made it a little slow. I thought the ending was slightly abrupt. SPOILER ALERT: I would have liked to know more about the baby as a child.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ef5927c) out of 5 stars A Charming Read March 30 2013
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Bernice Rocque's novella, Until the Robin Walks on Snow, is a lovely read, crafted in beautiful metaphors and poetic prose to paint a family history of what it was to be an immigrant family in the early twentieth century. The story focus is on an extremely premature baby son and the efforts the entire community of family go to, to keep him warm, fed and alive. The reader never loses sight of this effort under the umbrella of love in a backdrop of extreme weather, challenging methods to offer heat and sustenance to the baby, while dividing up the duties of the mother so she can tend to her child. This is a heartwarming story of tenderness and compassion, that depicts the best of the human condition. A charming read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ef591f8) out of 5 stars Wonderful Living History Aug. 26 2013
By Amy LeBlanc - Published on
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I loved this book! It's a precious story of how a mother saves her 1.5 lb baby by giving her all. As a homeschooling mom, I think this would be a great living history book when studying the early 20th century and immigrants. I think that it's particularly suited for girls. I certainly sparked a curiosity in me to read more. Bernice includes lots information about the customs of Polish/Russian immigrants. Her research shows, and I particularly enjoyed the extensive author's notes at the end. I think I should have read those first though - because I spent the entire story mispronouncing some of the characters names! Wonderful book!!