In 1939, the Germans invaded the town of Lodz, Poland, and moved the Jewish population into a small part of the city called a ghetto. As the war progressed, 270,000 people were forced to settle in the ghetto under impossible conditions.
At the end of the war, there were about 800 survivors. Of those who survived, only twelve were children. This is the story of one of the twelve.
©2006 Jennifer Roy (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“In vivid free verse, Jennifer Roy tells a story of hope and courage as gripping as Schindler’s List.” (Eric A. Kimmel, author of Gershon’s Monster, a Sydney Taylor Book Award winner)
“A stunning, poetic recreation of a life lived within the horror that was the Holocaust.” (Jane Yolen, author of The Devil’s Arithmetic and Briar Rose)
This book is obviously intended for a juvenile reader. Had I known that I would not have selected this book. I could barely stomach the whinny, baby voice used by the narrator. Not informative at all.
I will share this with my children. The author wrote this with integrity but through a child's perspective. It is a powerful story that has given me a different perspective of my own life.
Powerful historical account as seen from the eyes of a young child. Appreciated the tie in to actual events throughout the story to lend perpective.
A different reader not trying to imitate a little girl's voice
Narrator was OK, the reader was the problem
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How men continue to be so cruel to other men(and women and children) for no good reason at all remains a mystery to me. Indeed, the veneer of civilization is thin.
The reader. I found her voice grating, in attempting to talk like a little girl, with inflections of "California Girl."
So far I have stopped and then gone back to it twice, unable to continue due to the reader's "little girl" voice. I think I would like the story if I just read the book.
Her little girl voice was annoying, and she talks with inflections in odd places, like a California Girl accent.
not with this reader.
Touching, real and informative
Sivia because she was a young girl suffering so much because of the damage World War II did and how the Jews were so unfairly treated. I was very glad that she was one of the few children who was able to walk out alive from the ghetto.
When her father loves Sivia so much that he lays with her in a hole in the cemetery to keep her hidden from the Natzis. She was scared to stay alone and so he stayed with her.
When Sivia and her cousin were placed in the basement and were not able to go outside for their safety. This must have been very hard because they were small children.
I liked that the family survived because they were willing to sacrifice each other for the "family." Sivia's father was willing to do anything and take so many chances to keep his little girl safe and alive. Very touching story;
Yes because the emotions were true to heart
When her father hid behind the grave with her overnight
Learned a lot of the war timeline that I did not previously know
I LOVE BOOKS! I have a service business (large salon). 'What are you reading' is heard all day everyday.
Anyone interested in the Holocaust should read / listen to this story. It's short. Told from the child perspective. HOWEVER, the narration was a challenge. Most of the narration was told in a whining voice. Tough to tolerate even for a short story.
Perhaps "The Book Thief" is the only story I can put close this. Only because its from the same era.
A movie would be an interesting attempt.
The story is important to hear. The narration (for a surly old man like myself) was a challenge. Perhaps read from a stronger perspective. My opinion is that a child's perspective (normally very malleable and possibly in a constant state of change), is challenging, and is seldom static. It's very (VERY) hard to imagine the main protagonist speaking in the narrators whining tone. Bring your cheese!!
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