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No Pretty Pictures : a Child of War (98 Edition)

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ISBN13: 9780380732852
ISBN10: 0380732858
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The beloved Caldecott Honor artist now recounts a tale of vastly different kind — her own achingly potent memoir of a childhood of flight, imprisonment, and uncommon bravery in Nazi-occupied Poland. Anita Lobel was barely five when the war began and sixteen by the time she came to America from Sweden, where she had been sent to recover at the end of the war. This haunting book, illustrated with the author's archival photographs, is the remarkable account of her life during those years. Poised, forthright, and always ready to embrace life, Anita Lobel is the main character in the most personal story she will ever tell.Anita Lobel was barely five years old when World War II began and the Nazis burst into her home in Krakow, Poland, changing her life forever.She spent the days of her childhood in hiding with her brother--who was disguised as a girl--and their Catholic nanny in the countryside, the ghetto, and finally in a convent where the Nazis caught up with her.She was imprisoned in a succession of concentration camps until the end of the war.Sent by the Red Cross to recuperate in Sweden, she slowly blossomed as she discovered books and language and art.Since coming to the United States as a teenager, Anita Lobel has spent her life making pictures.She has never gone back.She has never looked back.Until now.

00-01 Tayshas High School Reading List Anita Lobel was barely five years old when World War II began and the Nazis burst into her home in Krakow, Poland, changing her life forever.She spent the days of her childhood in hiding with her brother--who was disguised as a girl--and their Catholic nanny in the countryside, the ghetto, and finally in a convent where the Nazis caught up with her.She was imprisoned in a succession of concentration camps until the end of the war.Sent by the Red Cross to recuperate in Sweden, she slowly blossomed as she discovered books and language and art.Since coming to the United States as a teenager, Anita Lobel has spent her life making pictures.She has never gone back.She has never looked back.Until now.

Synopsis:

A finalist for the National Book Award, Lobel's unforgettable memoir paints a disturbing picture of a child hiding from the Nazis in World War II. Since coming to the United States as a teenager, Lobel has spent her life as an author and illustrator of picture books.

About the Author

Anita Lobel was born in Cracow, Poland, just before the beginning of World War II. In the proper Jewish household of her childhood there were several servants. One of them was Anita's beloved nanny, who had taken care of Anita and her younger brother since their birth. Throughout the war, this strong-willed Catholic countrywoman guarded Anita and her brother, passing them off as her own children. For five years they were moved from town to village until they were discovered hiding in a convent and taken to a concentration camp. Somehow they survived until liberation and were brought to Sweden. Eventually Anita's parents were located, and the family was reunited in Stockholm. There Anita went to high school and began taking art lessons. When the family emigrated to New York, Anita won a scholarship to Pratt Institute.

In New York she met and married Arnold Lobel. She became a textile designer, working at home while their two children were growing up. One Christmas she gave Susan Hirschman, then Arnold Lobel's editor, three small scarves that she had made from some of the intricate flowery prints that she specialized in. Susan suggested she do a picture book, and the result was Sven's Bridge. The book was published in 1965 and made the New York TimesBest Illustrated Books of the Year list that fall. (It was redesigned in full color and reissued by Greenwillow in 1992.)

Anita soon discovered that she could combine the exuberance of her decorative fabric designs with the narrative form of picture books. There have been many books over the years, including pictures for texts by various writers; collaborations with Arnold, such as On Market StreetandThe Rose in My Garden;and her own adaptations from Scandinavian folk stories (King Rooster; Queen Hen; The Pancake; The Straw Maid).

Some of Anita's most challenging favorites have been Princess Furballand Toads and Diamonds by Charlotte Huck; This Quiet Ladyby Charlotte Zolotow; and The Cat and the Cook retold by Ethel Heins; as well as her own alphabet books-Alison's Zinniaand Away from Home-and The Dwarf Giant,the art for which was inspired by Japanese theater. Her most recent work is her memoir of her childhood in war-torn Poland called No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War.

Anita's interests in theater and music and foreign languages have served her well in her work both as an author and an illustrator. She has also designed clothes, embroidered tapestries, and designed stained glass windows. She has been an actress and a singer. "It is the 'drama' in a picture-book text that interests me the most," she has said. "I 'stage' the story the way a director might work on a theater piece. Even though I have been involved with picture books for many years, with each new text, whether or not I have written it, I am always looking for a new 'vision.' And in the past few years full-color printing techniques have been so improved that I have had a chance to rediscover the way I wanted to paint pictures when I was a young student in art school."

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jezz654, October 26, 2007 (view all comments by jezz654)
It was an alright book overall, but was rather slow in parts. She never told about any of the horrible parts of the camps excpet for the beds and food. Not very well written. Wouldn't recomend it for future readers in a hurry or going to do a report on it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780380732852
Subtitle:
A Child of War
Author:
Lobel, Anita
Author:
by Anita Lobel
Publisher:
HarperTrophy
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Historical
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Biography / Autobiography
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - General
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Holocaust survivors
Subject:
History - Holocaust
Subject:
Jewish children in the Holocaust
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
Krakâow
Subject:
Historical
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Avon Camelot Books Paperback
Series Volume:
1999-209486
Publication Date:
February 2000
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.48x5.11x.64 in. .35 lbs.
Age Level:
10-14

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