The Ark Author:Margot Benary-Isbert Two rooms all to themselves -- it was almost too good to be true -- for this was postwar Germany, filled with starving, homeless people, and to Mrs. Lechow and her four children the two freezing attic rooms to which they were assigned were a stroke of luck. With a roof over their heads and Matthias at work, Joey and Andrea could attend school, a... more »nd perhaps Father, if he was still alive, would find his way to them from the prison camp in Russia. Soon they made friends, except for shy, lonely Margret, whose only special friend was the landlady's cat. But eventually it was Margret's love of animals that lef her to Rowan Farm. There Matthias and Margret became happily engrossed in farm work, and an old railroad car, the Ark, was converted into a home for the reunited family.
The Ark gives young Americans an honest, realistic picture of the aftermath of war in a defeated country as it affects the daily lives of ordinary people. It was given the 1953 New York Herald Tribune Spring book Festival Award as the best book for older boys and girls.« less