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I Will Come Back for You: A Family in Hiding…

I Will Come Back for You: A Family in Hiding During World War II

by Marisabina Russo

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I Will Come Back For You, is a story about a family's survival through the holocaust. The story is told through a charm bracelet that Cara Mia "Nona" wears every day. Nona tells the story of the holocaust to her granddaughter and shows how each charm represents a part of her journey. I really enjoyed the way the charms were used to symbolize Nona's childhood. Nona describes the fear that she felt during this terrifying time. My daughter really enjoyed this story and I think it was an age appropriate introduction to the history of WWII. After the book we spoke about the persecution the jewish people faced and how many innocent people were killed. Lily was outraged and saddened by this, but she was happy that the story ended on a happy note. ( )
  SarahTrenticosta | Feb 16, 2018 |
During the time of the Holocaust, an interesting story was told from Nona’s perspective through the charm bracelet she never took off. Nona told this story to her interested granddaughter. Who knew, a charm bracelet would tell an entire holocaust story. This charm bracelet took Nona’s granddaughter through all of the horrific moments of her journey while ending with Nona finding her family again even after accepting the loss of her father.
This story plot was based off of a charm bracelet and what the meanings of the charms meant to Nona’s holocaust journey. Each charm was like a little story in the book. I felt like the book had many plots based on each charm. This book was extremely descriptive in this particular holocaust story and taught me vast information about the realities of this tragic time period. ( )
  cbattistella19 | Feb 16, 2018 |
This book tells the story of a girl and her family going into hiding during World War II. The story is told from the girl's perspective as she explains each charm of her charm bracelet to her granddaughter. The charms represent milestones of her life. Her father was a Polish Jew who had to go into hiding once Jews were outlawed in Rome. Her mother moves she and her brother to a neighbor's home, where a solider comes to take the mother away. With the neighbor's help, the mother goes into hiding in the mountains and the kids quickly follow. They stay on a farm until the war is over, but the girl's father was later discovered dead. They immigrate to the US for a better life.

Though the story is true and sad, the book gives it more of a lighthearted tone. It helps soften the blow of the horrors of the Holocaust without scaring the kids too much. The language is simple, with a few foreign words mixed in. There is a glossary at the beginning to help define the Italian terms presented. The illustrations are colorful despite the dark subject. They accompany the text greatly and help showcase the tense moments and mixed emotions that the characters feel. The front and back covers sport real pictures of the family to help make the connection. ( )
  kvedros | Feb 14, 2018 |
This books shows how terrible it was to be Jewish while growing up in Italy. A little girl is listening to her grandmother tell her story about what she has gone through. Every day her grandmother changes her jewelry with the exception of her charm bracelet. Every charm on her charm bracelet tells a story about her growing up. Her grandmother grew up in a apartment in Rome with tall windows. Life was good and normal then, with the donkey rides and ice cream. Suddenly life started to change for all the Jews in Italy. Jews were no longer allowed to do things they use to enjoy or go places they always enjoyed visiting. A terrible war had broke out and forced Jewish men to move away from their families. Men had to check in to the police station everyday for roll call. The grandmothers dad planned to run away because the Germans were coming to the villages and sending them to concentration camps. He said that he would always hide messages in the trunk of the old beech tree to let them know he was okay. The policemen grew angry the next day because grandmothers dad was missing so the police wanted to take grandmothers mom instead. Grandmothers mother was given a horrible concoction that made her sick so she didn't have to go the concentration camps. Grandmothers mother was brought up the mountain to stay in an old farmhouse. The grandmother was now in someone else hands and forced to live without her mother or father. A few weeks later a neighbor with a donkey picked grandmother up and brought her up the mountain to reunite with her mother. Grandmother and her mother found letters from her dad until one day they stopped. Her mother worked for the farmer and they all looked like family, so no one would suspect they were Jews. There aren't many children's books about war, so this book was very interesting. Without being to frightening it introduces young readers to one aspect of the Holocaust. ( )
  Gsmith0930 | Aug 31, 2017 |
This book tells the story of a real life Jewish family that lived in Italy during World War two. A young girl listens to her grandmother as she tells her the story behind the charm bracelet that she is always wearing. The charm bracelet has so much meaning to it; each charm represents an important aspect of the grandmother's life. Charm by charm, Nonna tells her granddaughter about the sad events her family had to go through. She and her family were separated from her father and had to go into hiding. With the help of some people, the family stayed safe and immigrated to the US after the war ended. I think reading this book with students would be a wonderful way to introduce them to one aspect of the Holocaust without frightening them about it too much. I love that the author included photographs of her own family in the back of the book and tells the true story of her family in the 'afterword' page. There is also a glossary for some Italian and English words, which can help students better understand what is happening in the story. ( )
  Eayyad | Feb 15, 2017 |
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What was it like to grow up Jewish in Italy during World War II? Sit with a little girl as her grandmother tells the story of her childhood in Rome, of being separated from her father, and of going into hiding in the mountains. Based on the experiences of the author's own family, this deeply moving book set during the Holocaust deals with a difficult subject in a way that is accessible and appropriate for young readers. I Will Come Back for You is an incredible story of bravery and kindness in the face of danger.

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A grandmother tells her granddaughter the story of the charm bracelet that represent her own childhood experiences while she and her family tried to evade the Nazis in Italy during World War II.

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