Last Monday was my birthday and a small package arrived in the mail from NY City. Inside I found a short note and a CD of a children's opera written by my friend Judy. (I already have a copy of her children's book.) She suggested I familiarize myself with the story before listening to the music, so I found a library book and read the story.
Set in France during WWII, "Twenty and Ten" is about a group of French children who are spending their days in the care of a nun up in the mountains. In the course of the story they are asked to help hide a group of ten Jewish children also. The secret cave comes in very handy. "Twenty and Ten" is a story of bravery and steadfastness in the face of danger and adversity. I very much enjoyed the story and was encouraged by its message. Now I need to finish listening to the music my friend sent. Who knows? Maybe someone will decide it would be a good show to do with some local children.