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Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-21 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 29 user ratings
ISBN:0823422518
LANGUAGE:English

" A picture book format of the story of Irena Sendler, a Polish Roman Catholic who saved more than 400 Jewish children from the horror of the Nazi regime. She found creative ways to sneak them out of the Warsaw Ghetto; such as hiding babies in tool boxes and having children climb down storm drains.Even when arrested and tortured, having her legs and feet broken in several places, Irena never revealed a thing about her activities or the children. Amazing woman. " said.

"This is the second picture book I have been able to find on the heroic Irena Sendler. Her story and determination to help others inspires and humbles me. EVERY single person should know of her and her work with the Zegota to assist Jews living in a Polish ghetto during Nazi occupation.

Susan Goldman Rubin and Bill Farnsworth did a fantastic job collaborating together for this book. Despite the horrific subject material it's presented an appropriate way for young readers. A must have for any elementary or middle school.
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"This is such a powerful story and even more intense because it is true. My son finished it and said "this is the same person we heard about on the radio" and he was correct, NPR did a piece on her this summer. It is remarkable to think she personally saved hundreds of children and her organization saved 1000's. Her bravery and brains and especially her compassion for the Jews of Warsaw make this a remarkable book which is accessible to older elementary students through this telling. The dark oil paintings fit well in tone and style." said.

"This book brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful, yet heartbreaking story. I like how "real" the author is when telling the story; while details are age appropriate, the story is not made up. Children the same age as the readers suffered day in and day out, and Irena did what she could to save the lives of these children and somehow make them normal again. A monumental piece of work and a must read! The Holocaust was a huge part of our history; I would love to share this story with my children to show them strength, triumph and hope. Bravo!" said.

"excellent book. We were amazed at the bravery and resourcefulness of Irena Sendler, a devout Catholic whose faith led her to save countless children during WWII. "I like reading about nice people," said one of my children, and I agree wholeheartedly. How can we be this kind of nice? Such a question.

Great quotes from Irena throughout this book. Here's just one: "A hero is someone doing extraordinary things. What I did was not extraordinary. It was a normal thing to do. The real heroes were the Jewish children and their mothers, who gave away those most dear to their hearts to unknown persons."
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"The illustrations are all oil paintings, and really nice. It's a really interesting story, and I'd definitely recommend it. I wish it was one that had been published when I was younger, really.

It's about Irena Sendler, a young woman from Warsaw. During the second world war, she worked as a social worker, and with a resistance party working against the Nazis. She and her group managed to smuggle hundreds* of Jewish children out of the Warsaw ghettos to safety, placing them with various orphanages, and adoptive families.

*I think the total number was actually something in the 2000-mark.
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"This book contains some pretty intense situations. The story of Irena Sendler and her compatriots and their heroic efforts to strike a blow for humanity by rescuing the Jewish children of Warsaw and the Warsaw Ghetto is well told and peopled with the resistance fighters, organized cells of humanitarians, blackmailers, collaborators, soldiers, spies, and the named and nameless Poles that risked everything to do the right thing. The author takes us on this difficult journey through the strength of her research and the quality of her writing. It was good to spend time with the the woman some call the "female Oscar Schindler"." said.

"Loved it! This is a perfect example of the great children's nonfiction. Gone are the days of good pictures with some half attempted texted.

The illustrations were ok, but the story. This story is one I hadn't heard. So many people worked and risked their lives to save complete strangers. Then people gave their children to these strangers in the hopes that someone would help their child survive the war.

For such a short book, it has an impressive resources list. Once again my to read list grows by leaps and bounds.

"I was taught by my father that when someone is drowning, you don't ask if they can swim, you just jump in and help." Irena Sendler
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