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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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In my school we learned about WW2, the holocaust, Anne frank, but we never learned about the people who were witnessing this. It is very important for people to lean about this history but I think it is also important for people to learn and remember the few that did things to help. Irena Sendler was very selfless and brave for what she did. This book brings us into the dangerous journey she took to save children from the Warsaw ghetto. The story goes into detail about how she hides the children and how she even protects their identity. This biography was almost like a movie because Irena was always risking being caught by the Nazis. I think stories like this bring the reader more into the time and help them grasp the reality of it rather than just learning about what happened. ( )
  imasson | Oct 27, 2016 |
If you are looking for a book about a woman who saved lives during WWII, then this is one of them. Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto is a great book for students in history classes because it gives great detail of her rescue of about 400 Jewish children. This book could be used as a way to show girls that women can do extraordinary things just like men during war. The author uses several sources such as books, articles, videos and interviews. It is mentioned that the zoo in Warsaw was abandoned during the occupation, so people who hide Jewish families there. It would be interesting to have students find out more about such efforts during war. There is a brief description of the torture Sendler went through when she was imprisoned, so teachers should be aware of that before reading to students. ( )
  L.Fleming | Feb 6, 2016 |
What I "really liked" was the story rather than the book. I had never heard of Irena Sendler, and this was an impressive and empowering story of a righteous gentile who saved hundreds of children from certain death, even though she thinks this was not heroic but rather just "normal." Wow. She and her true story are amazing, and I feel blessed to have heard it, but I wouldn't say that the book itself was terrific. I don't even know to whom I'd recommend it other than have it in my classroom as a resource during the Anne Frank unit when some students are actually researching righteous gentiles. Not really a children's book; I find that the picture book method to tell this story is a little off. But I do recommend learning about Irena Sendler by any means; this would just be the simplest.



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  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
This non-fiction picture book uses straightforward prose and solemn illustrations to tell the inspiring story of Irena Sendler, a Polish social worker who rescued Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto before and during World War II. The story follows a linear plot from Irena’s decision to join the underground through the war to the liberation of the imprisoned Jews. The text is surprisingly sophisticated, so this book might be well-suited to children transitioning from picture books. The tone is reverent toward Irena while remaining factual. The single-page oil painting illustrations do not add to the story, but add emotional interest. They are done mostly in drab colors, but where Irena is featured, she appears to glow. The illustrations vary in perspectives and their use of movement to convey the emotion in each one. Because of its focus on a single heroic figure, this book would be useful for introducing young children to the Holocaust or illustrating examples of personal heroism. A long list of sources is included. Both emotionally touching and informative, this book would be a useful addition to a school or public library. Index. Highly Recommended. Grades 3-5. ( )
  kottenbrookk | Nov 13, 2014 |
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 |
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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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