Format: ARC (Hardcover available)
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? I have seen many books about the Holocaust for the school-aged group of children, but this one seems very different. This book is filled with stories of people who fought against the Nazi invasion and risked their lives to hide and save people who were detained by the Nazis. There are stories of parents who took in Jewish children and pretended they were their own children to keep them safe, a German factory worker who left food in a drawer to help feed Jewish prisoners, and a man who stole blank identification cards to give Jewish people a new identity and help them travel to safety. This book is filled was some amazing photographs that showed what people were doing to either help families fleeing the Nazis or actions to prevent the Nazi troops from invading towns. In the town of Warsaw, a group of civilians got together and built a huge trench to prevent the Nazi tanks from entering the town. One interesting set of photographs shows a young Jewish girl named Rita who was moved to several different homes while she was in hiding. In addition to dying Rita’s hair blonde, her mother thought it would be best if she moved to different homes and addressed the parents as “mama” and “papa”. The photographs show all of Rita’s pretend families whom she lived with while in hiding.
There is a wealth of information in the back of the book including additional reading suggestions, websites, and several other resources to gain additional information.
Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing
To whom would you recommend this book? I would recommend this book to children between the ages of 9-12 years old, especially if they have an interest in historical events. Many of these stories feature children, so I think this would be very appealing to this age group.
Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, classrooms. This would be a great companion to reading Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl.
Where would you shelve it? Nonfiction
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.
Date of review: April 1, 2021