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King Matt the First


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ISBN13: 9781565124424
ISBN10: 1565124421
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Janusz Korczak was a Polish physician and educator who wrote over twenty books--his fiction was in his time as well known as Peter Pan, and his nonfiction works bore passionate messages of child advocacy. During World War II, the Jewish orphanage he directed was relocated to the Warsaw ghetto. Although Korczak's celebrity afforded him many chances to escape, he refused to abandon the children. He was killed at Treblinka along with the children.

King Matt the First, one of Korczak's most beloved tales, is the story of a boy who becomes king and sets out to reform his kingdom. He decrees that all children are to be given a piece of chocolate at the end of each day. He visits faraway lands and befriends cannibal kings. Whenever his ministers tell him something's impossible, he puts them in jail. He disguises himself as a soldier and becomes a hero. But, as in real life, fantasy is tempered by reality:Matt's fellow kings become jealous of his success--and in the end, Matt falls, although it's clear that he was the greatest king there ever was.

Now this rediscovered classic is available again, and with a vibrant new cover by award-winning artist Brian Selznick. This timeless tale shows that only through the honesty and spontaneity of children can grown-ups begin to imagine and to create a better world.

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Janusz KorczakK wrote the classic childrenand#8217;s book King Matt the Firstand many nonfiction works. To mark the centennial of Korczakand#8217;s birth, the United Nations declared 1979 the International Year of the Child and dedicated it to him. Korczak perished in 1942 in Treblinka, along with the Jewish orphans he refused to abandon.Esm Raji Codell is a teacher and children's literature specialist at an elementary school in Chicago. Her public radio feature based on this diary was awarded First Prize for National Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association. She is also the recipient of the Dr. Peggy Williams Award for outstanding new teacher in the field of reading and language arts, given by the Chicago chapter of the International Reading Association. Esm lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

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ozma10, January 15, 2007 (view all comments by ozma10)
This is the adventure of a lifetime. Maybe of several lifetimes!! If you want to give a child a very special book and an adventure they will remember throughout life, this is it. We can all be proud of King Matt and how his honesty and sincerity and good will made him the greatest king of all time.
I only wish the Old Doctor could have written a sequal. And another and another. I wish, I wish, I wish.... ALL HAIL KING MATT THE FIRST!!!!
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Lourie, Richard
Codell, Esme Raji
Lourie, Richard
Introduction by:
Codell, Esme Raji
Codell, Esme Raji
Lourie, Richard
Codell, Esmé Raji
Korczak, Janusz
Codell, Esme Raji
Algonquin Books
Royalty (kings queens princes princesses knights etc.)
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Social Situations - General
Kings, queens, rulers, etc.
Children's rights
General Juvenile Fiction
Social Issues - General
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
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