Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Surviving Hitler by Andrea Warren

Historian by nature and knowing that our past shapes our future, I keep many history books on my shelves. This is one that can be read by excelled young readers and can help shape their views of humanity and the importance of loving each person as an individual. It is the story of boy, Jack Mandelbaum, who at 15 has to find a way to survive on his own when he is torn from his family and thrown into concentration camps. Since the story is true and the difficulties harsh this is one you may really want to read aloud and perhaps not at bedtime. Truth opens the path for discussions that are frank with your children and can be used to remind them of the importance of kindness at school and play with siblings and friends in the attempt to leave the world better than you found it. I am always looking for ways to open the doors of communication with my children and this one opens many topics.

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