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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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The Cat with the Yellow Star: Coming of Age in Terezin

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Publisher Comments:

Full of sorrow yet persistent in its belief that humans can triumph over evil, this memoir of a Holocaust survivor pays tribute to the brave and devoted adults who helped the children of Terezin. Illustrations.

Review:

"Brundibr, the children's opera that was performed in the Terezin concentration camp and whose story was retold in Tony Kushner and Maurice Sendak's recent picture book, gets a unique 'behind-the-scenes' treatment here, in a narrative peppered with Weissberger's quotes. Weissberger, a Jewish girl born Ela Stein in Czechoslovakia, played the titular cat in the Terezin production. Ela was one of the few children who appeared in all 55 performances of Brundibr; most of the others died at Auschwitz. With Brundibar performances providing a loose narrative thread, the book follows eight-year-old Ela's family from Kristallnacht to her arrival, at age 11, at the 'model ghetto,' where she is assigned to a bunkroom of 28 girls. The last half of the book follows the preparations for and performances of Brundibr and its role in the Nazis' deceptive propaganda campaign, as well as Terezin's liberation. Photographs and many of the children's drawings accompany the text (Dicker-Brandeis, who provided the art supplies, was the subject of Rubin's Fireflies in the Dark). An especially harrowing picture called 'Summons to Join the Transport' depicts a female guard shining a flashlight on a girl about to be transported to Auschwitz. The book culminates in an upbeat finale: photos depict Weissberger at joyous reunions with her bunkmates (15 of the 28 girls survived), as a new generation of children around the world discover the power of Brundibr. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780823418312
Publisher:
Holiday House
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - General
Author:
Rubin, Susan Goldman
Author:
Weissberger, Ela
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945)
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Publication Date:
20060331
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
10.30x10.28x.42 in. .96 lbs.
Age Level:
13-17

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Children's » History » World History
Children's » Nonfiction » Biographies
Children's » Nonfiction » World History » General
Children's » Peace and Justice
Young Adult » Nonfiction » Biographies

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Product details 40 pages Holiday House - English 9780823418312 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Brundibr, the children's opera that was performed in the Terezin concentration camp and whose story was retold in Tony Kushner and Maurice Sendak's recent picture book, gets a unique 'behind-the-scenes' treatment here, in a narrative peppered with Weissberger's quotes. Weissberger, a Jewish girl born Ela Stein in Czechoslovakia, played the titular cat in the Terezin production. Ela was one of the few children who appeared in all 55 performances of Brundibr; most of the others died at Auschwitz. With Brundibar performances providing a loose narrative thread, the book follows eight-year-old Ela's family from Kristallnacht to her arrival, at age 11, at the 'model ghetto,' where she is assigned to a bunkroom of 28 girls. The last half of the book follows the preparations for and performances of Brundibr and its role in the Nazis' deceptive propaganda campaign, as well as Terezin's liberation. Photographs and many of the children's drawings accompany the text (Dicker-Brandeis, who provided the art supplies, was the subject of Rubin's Fireflies in the Dark). An especially harrowing picture called 'Summons to Join the Transport' depicts a female guard shining a flashlight on a girl about to be transported to Auschwitz. The book culminates in an upbeat finale: photos depict Weissberger at joyous reunions with her bunkmates (15 of the 28 girls survived), as a new generation of children around the world discover the power of Brundibr. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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