189 Canaries
Translated By: Laura Watkinson
Illustrated By: Elsa Klever(Illustrator)
Stock No: WW855749
189 Canaries  -     Translated By: Laura Watkinson
    By: Dieter Böge
    Illustrated By: Elsa Klever(Illustrator)

189 Canaries

Translated By: Laura Watkinson
Illustrated By: Elsa Klever(Illustrator)
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers / 2021 / Hardcover

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In 189 Canaries by Dieter Boge, translator, Laura Watkinson, and illustrator, Elsa Klever, readers will be introduced to the little-known history of a beloved songbird, and will hear an unforgettable story about music, migration , and the search for home. This yellow canary lives in a cozy room in northern Germany, and spends his time melodiously singing to the miners and carpenters of the Harz mountains. Suddenly, a dealer comes and takes the canary far away from everything he knows. From trains and steamships, his journey leads across Europe and even the Atlantic, until he arrives in New York, where he hears a strangely familiar song. This beautifully illustrated story will sure to be a favorite of your young reader. Hardcover, 48 pages. Ages 6-10

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Title: 189 Canaries
By: Dieter Böge
Illustrated By: Elsa Klever(Illustrator)
Translated By: Laura Watkinson
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 48
Vendor: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2021
Dimensions: 11 X 8.67 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound
ISBN: 0802855741
ISBN-13: 9780802855749
Ages: 6-10
Stock No: WW855749

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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. 

Author Bio


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.

Elsa Klever is a German illustrator and fine artist whose books include Taxi Ride with Victor (Prestel Junior). She was the winner of the 2015 Austrian Children's Book Award and has been shortlisted twice for the World Illustration Awards. Visit her website at elsaklever.de or follow her on Instagram @elsaklever.

Laura Watkinson translates books for children and adults from German, Italian, and Dutch. Her translations have received numerous honors, including three Mildred L. Batchelder Awards and the Vondel Translation Prize. She is the founder of the Dutch chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SBCWI). Laura lives in the Netherlands. Visit her website at laurawatkinson.com.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Older children partial to illustrated animal-centered fiction will find much to appreciate."

Kirkus Reviews
"A quiet story that savors the historical details of a bird’s trans-Atlantic journey."

School Library Journal
"A delightful story of a little-known piece of history, with the added bonus of a fun math connection for students studying multiplication."

The Horn Book Magazine
"The storytelling style uses the present tense to pull the reader directly into a faraway time and place. Böge’s narration is full of sensory details . . . that are particularly appropriate for a story about a bird prized for its voice. Klever’s mixed-media illustrations, with a muted color palette, have the flat perspective of folk art."

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