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Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto (edition 2011)

by Susan Goldman Rubin, Bill Farnsworth (Illustrator)

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Title:Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto
Authors:Susan Goldman Rubin
Other authors:Bill Farnsworth (Illustrator)
Info:Holiday House (2011), Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Easy, Non-Fiction, Historical / Social Studies, Gr.3-5, Gr.4-7, Gr.6-8, Gr.8-12, Biography

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This book tells the little-known true story of Irena Sendler, a Polish social worker who helped save the lives of over four hundred Jewish children in Warsaw. Defying the Nazis and risking her own life, she was able to keep a secret list of the children’s true identities safe from harm, which was used after the war to place the children in orphanages, to send them to Palestine, or to help them find their families. This is an inspiring story of courage for all who read it. Interspersed throughout the text are quotations from some of the children, now grown up, whom Sendler saved, talking about their memories of that time period. Detailed oil paintings are used throughout the book to illustrate the action. The sensitive topic and long pages of text make this book most appropriate for older readers (i.e. middle school and high school). The book could be used within a classroom to complement instruction about World War II or the Holocaust. The end of the book includes an afterward about Sendler and what happened to her and some of the children she helped. The book also includes a list of resources used in creating the book and a source notes section for the quotations used in the book. ( )
  CarolineBraden | Nov 3, 2013 |
Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto is the story of a girl living in Warsaw at the time of the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939. Irena, along with other members of the Polish Socialist Party, worked to protect and aid the Jews. She issued false documents to provide financial aid. disguised herself as a nurse to sneak into the ghetto and smuggle children out. Once they were out of the ghetto, Irena would hide the children at her home until she found a more permanent hiding place for them often at a Catholic convent or orphanage. She would issue the children new Polish names and false birth and baptismal documents. She kept detailed records of where each child was hiding and their new names with the hopes to reunite them with their parents one day. One night Irena was awakened by the Gestapo and taken to prison for aiding the Jews. After refusing to talk about her underground operations, the Gestapo tortured her. She was sentenced to death by a firing squad but managed to escape when someone bribed the Gestapo driver taking her to her execution. She managed to avoid being captured again by hiding in the empty animal cages at the Warsaw Zoo.After 5 1/2 years under Nazi rule, Warsaw was liberated. The underground group was able to rescue two thousand children. Four hundred of those children were rescued by Irena herself.

The author, Susan Goldman Rubin, did a great job writing this story. Rubin is an accomplished author who has written several books and won several awards. The book is illustrated by Bill Farnsworth who did a great job capturing Irena's story and drawing the reader in.

The book is written as a narrative and is a very easy read. The resources page is full of books, articles, videos, testimonies, and interviews sources for the book. There is also a source notes section for all of the quotes used in the book. The book includes an index as well as a afterword with more information about Irena after the war.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved reading about Irena and how she felt it was her responsibility to help the children. The story is inspirational. This would be a great book for me to use in a middle school classroom. I could easily use it to talk about WWII, or the Holocaust. I also think it could be used in a lesson about inspiring women. ( )
  Mwbordel | Apr 11, 2013 |
An inspiring introductory portrait of a "Righteous Gentile" who saved the lives of many Jewish children in Warsaw. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Good for older children, this book looks at one woman's attempt to save the Jewish children in Poland from Nazi concentration camps. ( )
  scote23 | Mar 30, 2013 |
The story of the Polish woman who defied the Nazis and risked her life to save Jewish children is brought to life with detailed narrative and expressive, colorful paintings. ( )
  STBA | Mar 20, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0823422518, Hardcover)

Irena Sendler was a diminutive Polish social worker who helped spirit more than four hundred children out of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. Using toolboxes, ambulances, and other ingenious measures, Irena Sendler defied the Nazis and risked her own life by saving and then hiding Jewish children. Her secret list of the children s real identities was kept safe, buried in two jars under a tree in war-torn Warsaw. An inspiring story of courage and compassion, this biography includes a list of resources, source notes, and an index.

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Using toolboxes, ambulances, and other ingenious measures, Irena Sendler defied the Nazis and risked her own life by saving and then hiding Jewish children. Her secret list of the children's real identities was kept safe, buried in two jars under a tree in war-torn Warsaw. An inspiring story of courage and compassion, this biography includes a list of resources, source notes, and an index.… (more)

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