Saturday, November 26, 2011
I Will Come Back For You by Marisabina Russo
Subtitle: A Family in Hiding During World War II. This picture book tells the story of the author's family during the Holocaust and the front and rear endpapers have pictures of her family.
Schwartz & Wade sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you). It's been published and is available at your local bookstore.
This story has a different tone to it because it is written by a relative about a difficult time in her family history. My Grandparents immigrated from Czechoslovakia and it took my Grandfather three years to earn enough to bring Grandma and his daughter over to the USA. He had never seen the child until she arrived here. So I could relate to this story in a big way.
The Holocaust is a particularly ugly part of history. Families were separated, many watched their loved ones die, and there wasn't much hope left to those who survived.
This family was first separated from their father. When he escaped the soldiers, they came to take their mother. The family they were staying with helped her get away, but then the children were alone. The family took them in and tried to make them happy, but it's hard when your parents are gone.
This is an easy way to introduce your child to scourge of war. It is a simple story told through memories on a charm bracelet. They will care about the people being remembered, but it's not done in a traumatic manner so it's safe for young ones to read. If only people could learn from history...