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The Cats in Krasinski Square by Karen Hesse

The Cats in Krasinski Square (edition 2004)

by Karen Hesse, Wendy Watson (Illustrator)

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Title:The Cats in Krasinski Square
Authors:Karen Hesse
Other authors:Wendy Watson (Illustrator)
Info:Scholastic Press (2004), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 32 pages
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Tags:research, WWII, multicultural, war, cats, yesterday, social issues and culture, heroes

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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 |
This book is about a young boy who escapes a Jewish ghetto. He and his sister smuggle food in and out of the ghetto and help others. The Gestapo comes to investigate because they are looking to take people away. The boy goes back to Krasinski Square and acts like a young Polish boy, and the cats come out to see him. When the boy gets on the train, the Gestapo sets dogs free to get into the ghetto. The boy has put cats in baskets with his sister, and they set them free. The cats run after the dogs and the boy has successfully smuggled food into the ghetto. ( )
  carolinebartlett | Oct 20, 2015 |
The courage in this story is incredibly creative and inventive in an effort to save other humans.
  kali.joy | Sep 22, 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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