> Bless Their Hearts Mom: History Corner: Survivors of the Holocaust, Ed by Kath Shackleton, Illust. by Zane Whittingham, Designed by Ryan Jones
Thursday, December 5, 2019

History Corner: Survivors of the Holocaust, Ed by Kath Shackleton, Illust. by Zane Whittingham, Designed by Ryan Jones

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book from Sourcebooks free of charge, for review purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own

Last week I hope you were surrounded by family and friends for Thanksgiving!

The day is a reminder of those we have lost, and loved, so I felt like sharing this book this week, to remind us, of what we need to remember!
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Between 1933 and 1945, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party were responsible for the persecution of millions of Jews across Europe. This extraordinary graphic novel tells the true stories of six Jewish children who survived the Holocaust.
From suffering the horrors of Auschwitz, to hiding from Nazi soldiers in war-torn Paris, to sheltering from the Blitz in England, each true story is a powerful testament to the survivors' courage. These remarkable testimonials serve as a reminder never to allow such a tragedy to happen again.
Features a current photograph of each contributor and an update about their lives, along with a glossary and timeline to support reader understanding of this period in world history.

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Why do we study history> To LEARN, as history has a bad way of repeating tiself. Call it human error, humon greed, or just flat out human stupidity- we must learn from history to keeo it from happening again, to recognie the signs!

This book tackles the subject of the Holocause for kids ages 10-14 (and some younger ones), in a way that hasn't been done before- graphically. By updating traditional storytelling by using the graphic comic formula, the authors have found a way to captire preteens attention, and tell 6 different stories of the Holocaust, in a way that keeps kids attention and helps them understand what happened SO much better. Based on the BBC show, the book is amazing at what it can teach. 

When Miss Grace finished Arek's story for instance, she turned to me with tears in her eyes, and said, I think I get why you cry when Holocaust survivors speak.  It was evil, and if they survived it was amazing that they did. Having been around Holocaust survivors when I was young, and hearing tales of when the Americans raided the camps, from veterans we know, I have always had an emtoional reaction. But for my 12 yr old daughter to understand JUST how evil humans can be to one another, that took this amazing book. Our kids are so immune to what they see on TV and the internet. But when they READ their imagination can take over and supply missing details andlet them 'see' how bad it was!

Even if your child isn't homeschooled, they NEED to read this book. While it might not seem like a Christmas gift idea, it's one that needs to be on everyone's bookshelves, to remind our kids what might not be gtaught properly in schools anymore. If you do homeschool, this is a very valuable resource that you MUST have for educating your children!

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About The Contributors:

Kath Shackleton is a producer and animator at the animation studio Fettle. She is based in Yorkshire, UK.

Zane Whittingham is Animation Director for Fettle Animation. He is based in Yorkshire, UK.

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