Synopses & Reviews
Of all the places in the world, Uri really loves to be at his grandparentsand#8217; house. There he can stay up way past his bedtime and eat as many sweets from the chocolate box as he likes. Thereand#8217;s only one forbidden place in that house: the third drawer in Grandpaand#8217;s desk. This drawer is locked. No one ever opens it untiland#160;one day when Uri finds the key to the third drawer. From that moment, nothing is ever the same.
Grandpaand#8217;s Third Drawer takes up the difficult challenge of discussing the Holocaust with young children, of teaching its heritage and memory, all in a gentle and unobtrusive manner. The story of a silent grandfather unexpectedly confronted by his curious and loving grandchild is accompanied by rich illustrations that show authentic preserved objects donated by Holocaust survivors from Theresienstadt.
The original Hebrew edition won the Israeli Zeand#8217;ev Prize for Childrenand#8217;s Literature in 2003 andand#160;won the first prize in Mitsand#8217;ad Hasfarimand#160;(a nationwide survey of all schoolchildren in Israel for first to third grades) in 2003 and 2012. Grandpaand#8217;s Third Drawer is now included in Israeland#8217;s and#8220;Paths of Memoryand#8221; nationwide Holocaust learning program in all schools.
and#8220;It was with great eagerness that I read this beautiful book. Its warmth will move many students and readers.and#8221;and#8212;Eli Wiesel
and#8220;Grandpaand#8217;s Third Drawer is an organized and clear story that enables young readers to confront the hardest of stories to tell.and#8221;and#8212;Yael Dar, Haand#8217;aretz, Israeland#8217;s oldest newspaper
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/print/20140303/61260-in-the-big-tent-jesus-ducks-atheists.html Publishers Weekly
"First published in Israel, this poignant book introduces the Holocaust with candor and discretion."and#8212;Publishers Weekly
and#8220;This is an excellent book for sensitizing young people of any denomination to recognize injustice.and#8221;and#8212;Church and Synagogue Libraries
andquot;A carefully nonexplicit lead-in to a discussion of the Holocaust with young children, with photo-collage illustrations made of artifacts from Terezandiacute;n. . . . The story is obviously purposive, but as discussion starters go, itandrsquo;s certainly a good choice.andquot;andmdash;Kirkus
Rose Zar was 19 years old when the Nazis invaded her native Poland. Her father urged her to save herself by hiding “in the mouth of the wolf”—or within the enemy itself. She managed to obtain false papers, secretly changing her identity and surviving the Holocaust as maid and nanny for a Nazi SS colonel.
This unique introduction to the Holocaust encourages young children to stand up for what they think is right, without waiting for others to join them.
Ages 6 and up
About the Author
Judy Tal Kopelman, author and illustrator, is a lecturer in creative writing and literature at Kinneret College, Sea of Galilee, and designer of Israeland#8217;s national bible reading venture, and#8220;929 - Bible On Walls.and#8221;