Jewish Values: Cats in Krasinski Square, The

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Publication Year: 
2004
Number of Pages: 
32 p.
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A little Jewish girl who lives with her older sister under false identities outside of the Warsaw Ghetto tells this spare, memorable story. Having befriended the many stray cats who come through the cracks in the ghetto wall, she uses them to foil a Gestapo raid on some underground workers who are smuggling food into the ghetto. Told in the present tense, the narrative tone draws readers into a setting whose surface normality is belied by the presence of soldiers and war-damaged buildings. Watson's illustrations evoke both the mood and the setting to perfection. Not a picture book for younger readers but an illustrated Holocaust story, this will require some setting of historical context for the elementary age children who read it. Outstanding!
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ISBN: 
439435404
Book ID: 
740
Sydney Taylor Winner: 
No