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
"First published in Israel, this poignant book introduces the Holocaust with candor and discretion."and#8212;Publishers Weekly
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
Esther remembers her own experience of the Holocaust as a Jewish girl living in Amsterdam, and recounts to her grandson Daniel how she escaped from the Nazis. With Daniel's help she embarks on a search to discover what happened to her parents during the last months of their lives.
Esther remembers her own experience of the Holocaust as a Jewish girl living in Amsterdam, and recounts to her grandson Daniel and his friend Jeroen how she escaped from the Nazis and survived by going into hiding in the countryside. Her parents were not so lucky. Esther knows they were sent to a concentration camp and died there, and with Daniels help she embarks on a search to discover what happened to them during the last months of their lives. After tracking down an old friend who now lives in Israel, Esther finally learns the shocking story of how her parents met their fates at Auschwitz.
About the Author
ERIC HEUVEL is a highly regarded Dutch graphic novel artist. He lives in Zaandam. RUUD VAN DER ROL worked at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam for many years, and LIES SCHIPPERS is an editor and author there. They have both written and edited books and educational materials dealing with Anne Frank and her family, her work and her lifetime, as well as the Holocaust, human rights, prejudice, and discrimination. Mr. van der Rol lives in Castricum, and Ms. Schippers lives in Haarlem.