A Japanese woman's interest in The Holocaust becomes a passionate pursuit for truth about the life of Auschwitz intern, Hana Brady, which poignantly reveals the value of every child to us all.
Young Fumiko Ishioka was astounded by the horror of the Holocaust. With the arrival of a battered suitcase from the Auschwitz museum, Fumiko's determination became personal and unrelenting. It was a child's suitcase, simply labeled "Hana Brady", Who was Hana"? What happened to her? Hana's Suitcase tells children, sensitively, of wrenching injustice. Yet its stunning surprises teach us of the humanity possible to Men. Through Hana, Fumiko shows us how special a life is. You will thank Goodness for Hana, and for Fumiko!
This is a factual, but no less inspiring, telling of an incredible mind awakening —it should be on every child's bookshelf!
Elizabeth MacLeod presents a marvelously well researched and sensibly told biography of Helen Keller, in only 30 pages. Effective pictures and notes complement the text. Wonderful quotations on page margins add 'life' to the story, consider: "I left the Well House eager to learn. Everything had a name, and each name gave birth to a new thought."
Stranded for eighteen years on an island off California, a native girl survives, fends off wild dogs and evades the murderous Aleuts
This story speculates on the life of Karana, an Indian girl left alone on an island near Southern California, when her tribe was moved to the mainland in the mid-1800s. For 18 years she hoped rescuers would re-unite her with her family. We follow her thoughts as she kept herself alive, solving the problems of building shelter and finding food, and even finding ways to be creative.
Jean's tells of her life in China as a ten year old "foreign devil", homesick for values she believes lie in the America she has never seen.
Ten year old Jean lived in the British American 'concession' of Hankow China, during her father's term as director of the local YMCA. Homesick is a well developed series of vignettes: the little Chinese boy she treats with oranges and who calls her a "foreign devil", the family ocean side vacation, the loss of her newborn sister, her friendship with Andrea, the siege of WuChang. The story's climax is more profound than a simple escape from China.
This oversimplified adaptation from the original Little House on The Prairie shows, through Laura's pioneer life, that actions have consequences.
Pioneer Sisters brings oversimplified sections of Laura Ingalls Wilder's classic work to younger children, in 73 large print pages. The Ingalls move from The Big Woods, to the Prairies, and finally to their Plum Creek dugout. The color and phrasing of the original are lost. The theme is not as evident, and the style is flat. Your child, when older, should read the original.
Wilson Bentley's lifelong fascination with, and sensible study of, snowflakes eventually earned him the respect of scientists.
Young Wilson Bentley noticed that snowflakes were beautiful, but more amazingly, he saw no two snowflakes that were alike, it was an unending miracle. He tried drawing them. He learned to photograph them. He learned how air conditions altered snowflake patterns. His interest seemed weird to his neighbors, who thought, "Snow in Vermont is as common as dirt", why photograph it? But Bentley resisted the criticisms, eventually to be respected by scientists around the world.
As a boy, Carl Dahl built a boat trading the skills he did have with those who could do the work he could not.
Carl wanted a flat bottomed pound boat. "A boat could take him / where the quiet was filled / with water and sky." He collected planks from the Lake Superior shoreline. He traded his strawberry picking skills so Mr. Torvald would cut the planks. He traded with others, until Dad gave him oars. The smooth verse creates no tension. It merely advances events. The uninspiring mood is repeated in the well executed, but misty illustrations.
Photographs of McKenzie's gym talents and winning smile are shown in various photos, with short descriptions of six forms of gymnastics.
The book provides a selection of images with the author's daughter posing to demonstrate basic gymnastics activities: rhythmic, artistic, trampoline, tumbling, sport acrobatic, and sport aerobic. The pictures and McKenzie's winning smile sell the sport (and McKenzie) well, but the text is rather plain narration and explains little about the sports themselves.
The L&C expedition from the Mississippi to the Pacific and back is correctly presented in textbookish prose.
Noonan presents highlights of the L&C expedition through the "Louisiana Purchase" territories (central USA, from the Mississippi to the Rocky Mtns.) and on to the Pacific. His textbook-ish approach does little justice to these brave men and the extraordinary challenges of their journey. By this telling, one might even wonder why it is famous. Young readers should wait to read the more adult, historical fiction of Sacajawea by Anna Lee Waldo.
Martin tells part of the true story of the crew of the explorer vessel Karluk surviving on barren ice and islands north of the Arctic Circle, for almost a year (1913-1914).
The Karluk was commissioned for exploration and study of the plants and people of the far north, but it was crushed in ice. Its crew struggled 100 miles to a small island, there to wait the return of the captain who sought help. This biography relates a remarkable struggle, but it is told with abject Naturalism. The crude Eskimo drawings fit the subject, but do not inspire. B&W photos show those who survived.