Flowers for Sarajevo

John McCutcheon (Author) Kristy Caldwell (Illustrator)


Young Drasko is happy working with his father in the Sarajevo market. Then war encroaches. Drasko must run the family flower stand alone.
One morning, the bakery is bombed and twenty-two people are killed. The next day, a cellist walks to the bombsite and plays the most heartbreaking music Drasko can imagine. The cellist returns for twenty-two days, one day for each victim of the bombing. Inspired by the musician's response, Drasko finds a way to help make Sarajevo beautiful again.
Based on real events of the Bosnian War, award-winning songwriter and storyteller John McCutcheon tells the uplifting story of the power of beauty in the face of violence and suffering. The story comes to life with the included CD in which cellist Vedran Smailovic accompanies McCutcheon and performs the melody that he played in 1992 to honor those who died in the Sarajevo mortar blast.

Product Details

Peachtree Publishing Company
Publish Date
April 01, 2017
11.1 X 0.5 X 9.7 inches | 1.05 pounds
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About the Author

John McCutcheon is an accomplished instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. He has received multiple Grammy nominations and numerous other awards, and regularly appears on National Public Radio. He lives in Georgia.
Kristy Caldwell received an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. She lives in New York.


"Moving... A bittersweet account of the power of art in dark times."
"Text and illustrations work together to remind readers of the power of beauty in the face of human suffering.... A highly recommended book that highlights the capacity for empathy and humanity, even in a society faced with violence and war."
"Beauty will always find a way to rise from violence, but this is a reminder all readers need."
"[A] powerful story of a musical performance that defied the horror of combat."