Wild Reading 06/07/20
Publisher: Random House
Ten-year old Bamse is asleep on Henry the V's throne when the German's invade Copenhagen. Son to one of Denmark's most famous actors, Bamse grows up in a world of drama and make-believe, but during the Nazi occupation everything that was once comfortable and familiar is threatened, and his way of life is changed forever.
This story uniquely portrays the war through the eyes of a child stuck between the need for safety and the desire to help. Hitler's Canary, ultimately, is about the courage and heroism of ordinary citizens in a time of danger and strife. Bamse himself stands as a metaphor for the extraordinary efforts of the Danes to save their Jewish countrymen: in the face of courage and goodness, power and size will remain fallible.