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Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-02 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 29 user ratings
ISBN:0823422518
LANGUAGE:English

"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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"Irena Sendler was a heroine during WWII, yet her stories of saving Jewish children in Poland only surfaced after 1989. While this shares many of the risks she took, it also gives a picture of the children's side (one child mentioned he'd already had 32 mothers from being moved so much, and another that after being reunited he recognized his own mother only after he made it on a train and she didn't, because of how tightly she clung to him and cried when they were together again).

I loved it. We need to hear about great men and women more often. Looks like Susan Rubin has written about several others; I'm looking forward to reading them too.
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"This will make a great addition to the Holocaust unit for 7th grade. This ia a story of a young Catholic nurse who risked her life many many times as she worked to save over 400 children from the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. It tells stories about various children as well as an account of Irena's bravery during the war. Irena had to wait until the fall of the Communists in 1989 to get any recognition of her heroism. Irena claims she is not a hero but rather it is the Jewish children and their mothers. " The real heroes were the Jewish children and their mothers, who gave away those most dear to their hearts to unknown persons.". A. Well done piece which will add to students background knowledge for this time period.

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"There is just something about WWII stories that really pulls at my heart. I find the people who worked for the underground movements and helped the Jewish people fascinating. There is something about their courage and heroism that really makes you look at your own life and wander what you would have done in a similar situation. Not everyone was strong enough to stand up for what was right, but Irena Sendler was definitely one of those heroes. Her story is similar to others who rescued Jews during the Holocaust, but it is definitely worth knowing. I thought this picture book biography did a good job of showing her courage and dedication to doing what is right. She is a hero from a very dark time in our history and her story deserves to be told. " said.

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