Part of the Sonlight Curriculum.
I absolutely loved this book. I am parting with it reluctantly. It is one of those haunting stories that I will always remember.
The main character faces many hardships, but is definately what one would consider to be a survivor. As she is moved to Siberia in the Russian Invasion of Poland. Of course when the return to Poland they realize that they were the lucky ones.
Excellent read! Esther Rudomin was ten years old when, in 1941, she and her family were arrested by the Russians and transported to Siberia. This is the true story of the next five years spent in exile, of how the Rudomins kept their courage high, though they went barefoot and hungry.
From the website: The moving and true story of a Jewish family uprooted and exiled to Siberia.
Esther Rudomin was ten years old when, in 1941, she and her family were arrested by the Russians and transported to Siberia. This is the true story of the next five years spent in exile, of how the Rudomin's kept their courage high, though they went barefoot and hungry.
It's amazing what people can learn to live through and live with (and without) when necessary. It's not Anne Frank, even though it says it rivals her diary on the cover of Endless Steppe.
She also wrote, Remember Who You Are: Stories about Being Jewish, which I read about 6-7 years ago. I found the adult book to be more memorable.
The story of a young girl and her family's trials of living in Siberia during WWII. It is an excellent book to include with a unit study of the Holocaust. The author weaves the truth along with some humor. Excellent!
When I was about 11 or 12, I had bought this book and couldn't wait to read it, but never did because I had issues of dyslexia that I wouldn't work through at that time. Eventually a flood came years later and it was destroyed and the book was a waste of money. Thankfully I remembered how I really wanted to read it and now at 29, I did so!
Esther grew up in a rich Jewish family in Poland during WWII and her family was shipped out to Siberia to work labor until they were able to have more leniency once Russia was fighting against the Germans. This book shows her true life upbringing for the few years she spent in Siberia. There were hardships and joys, and a craving to just continue to live and a hope to see her family again. It was not always a joyful book, considering the life that she lived and the time period she endured through, but it was a very good book that I wish I did read as a pre-teen and recommend for any pre-teen currently.
This book is captivating and hard to put down. I will never forget this story. I had no idea the Poles were sent away to Siberia. You never hear about them since the Holocaust was so horrible and everyone talks about that. Now I know that people other than Jews suffered tremendously during the war. We need to always be thankful for what we have.