Jewish Values: Through Eva's Eyes

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21 p.
The author/illustrator was 13 when she began working on this book, which was a 2006 Gold Award Winner of the Kids-In-Print Contest for Students. It is based on her grandmother’s experiences during the Holocaust and, through a blend of simple text, attractive color illustrations, and a lack of frightening details, is appropriate for children as young as 10. In it they will follow Eva from the time she is six years old and just hearing rumors about war to when she is twelve and liberated from Theresienstadt. The book’s format is especially apt for a personal narrative. It is designed to look like an album, with each of Unterman’s expressive illustrations bordered as though it were a photograph. Below each illustration is a block of text that looks like it was type-written, not typeset. The naivete` that these elements convey is in excellent accord with the content, which never loses its childlike focus. Unlike so many illustrated books about the Holocaust, Eva’s Story is well-suited for reading by younger children because of its sustained child’s point of view and its author’s facility in revealing just the right amount of detail about Eva’s experiences. Order information available at
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