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Mister Doctor: Janusz Korczak and the Orphans of the Warsaw Ghetto

by Irène Cohen-Janca, Maurizio A. C. Quarello (Illustrator)

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A sad, depressing tale for a children's picture book but a story that must live through the ages and never be forgotten. The Warsaw Ghetto was an abomination, pure and simple. This book takes a look at a group of ill-fated orphans who had the fortune to be housed with Polish hero Janusz Korczak when they were sent to the Warsaw Ghetto. The book presents the horrors of The Ghetto, toned down for age appropriateness but not holding back on the truth. We see the heroism of Mister Doctor as the children called Korczak and how perhaps he managed to make their short life a little less hard or mayhap a little more bright. The drawings done in yellows and browns are very atmospheric and the book end with an afterword "About Janusz Korczak" which briefly details his life story. Well done. Appropriate for middle grades and up, otherwise will depend on sensitiveness of individual reader. ( )
  ElizaJane | Jan 8, 2016 |
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Cohen-Janca, IrèneAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Quarello, Maurizio A. C.Illustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Ayer, PaulaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 155451715X, Hardcover)

November 1940. A circus parade walks through the streets of Warsaw, waving a flag and singing. They are 160 Jewish children, forced by the Nazis to leave their beloved orphanage. It's a sad occasion, but led by Doctor Korczak, their inspirational director, the children are defiantly joyful.

Their new home is in the ghetto, a prison for Jews. Day by day, more people arrive. Some are forced to live on the street and freeze to death. Others die of disease and starvation. Though they lack food, warmth, and freedom, the children's spirits are sustained by the steadfast respect and kindness of "Mister" Doctor.

But these children will never grow up: in August 1942, they board the train that will carry them away to the death camps. Offered his freedom, Doctor Korczak refuses to abandon the children and proudly joins them on their last journey.

This profoundly moving illustrated book is based on the true story of the celebrated Polish educator, writer, and doctor Janusz Korczak. His works inspired the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which was adopted by the UN in 1959.

With mood-setting artwork and lyrical text, Mister Doctor allows young readers to meet the remarkable man whose humanity and bravery still stand as a glimmer of light in one of history's darkest periods.

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