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The Cats in Krasinski Square by Karen Hesse

The Cats in Krasinski Square

by Karen Hesse

Other authors: Wendy Watson (Illustrator)

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This a mature story for children and is best used for kids older than third grade. The story is wonderfully retold of an event that took place in Poland during the second World War. I personally had to read through it twice to really pay attention to what happened. The illustrations are very well done and capture what I imagine were the tainted rubble filled streets of Warsaw, yet they were gentle, not at all depressing. The illustrator Wendy Watson used light and dark to represent the foreground and background. ( )
  Chafkins | Nov 15, 2016 |
A historical story about Polish cats and a girl who escaped the Ghetto. Based on a true story. ( )
  Ermina | Feb 25, 2016 |
A wonderful story this book is. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and think that it can teach children all about World War Two the concentration camps and about relationships with animals.
  ninaberger | Nov 12, 2015 |
This is the story of the holocaust and the polish jewish cat who has slipped out of the ghetto and the story of the things they go through during this time. ( )
  Emilysill | Oct 20, 2015 |
this story is about young Jewish kids that attempt to smuggle cats onto the train going to Warsaw. Instead, they let the cats lose when they are about to get on the train and scare the dogs away.
  taylortrost | Oct 20, 2015 |
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In memory of my mother, Fran Levin - K.H.
For my father, Aldren Auld Watson - my teacher, mentor, colleague, and collaborator - W.W.
LJCRS Book Fair Selection 5765
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The cats come from the cracks in the Wall, the dark corners, the openings in the rubble.
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Those who smuggle goods to Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto find out about a Gestapo plan to intercept the food and use cats (in great numbers) to foil the police by distracting their dogs. A powerful book with a simple, yet harrowing true storyline. Subject matter is likely too much for the youngest readers, unless they have a reason to be investigating the Holocaust. Intermediate and up.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439435404, Hardcover)

Newbery medalist Karen Hesse tells a harrowing, true story about life in the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII.

When Karen Hesse came upon a short article about cats out-foxing the Gestapo at the train station in Warsaw during WWII, she couldn't get the story out of her mind. The result is this stirring account of a Jewish girl's involvement in the Resistance. At once terrifying and soulful, this fictional account, borne of meticulous research, is a testament to history and to our passionate will to survive, as only Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse can write it.

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Two Jewish sisters, escapees of the infamous Warsaw ghetto, devise a plan to thwart an attempt by the Gestapo to intercept food bound for starving people behind the dark Wall.

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