A class of twenty fifth French graders (along with the 4-year-old brother of one of them,) who have been evacuated to a rural area along with their teacher during the Nazi occupation of France, are asked to hide ten Jewish children their own age.
When two Nazi soldiers come searching for the Jews while the teacher is away, the classmates hide them in a nearby cave, secretly bring them food and blankets, and resist the Nazis' attempts to terrorize or bribe them into revealing their whereabouts.
It's a short book, only 75 pages, with illustrations by the inimitable William Pene du Bois. I was impressed by how the author presents the Jewish children as EXACTLY THE SAME as the Christian children - they play the same games and miss having chocolate and oranges, for example - except that they are in danger of extermination.
This book is terrific! My kids could have listened to this book in one sitting, it was so engaging.
A very good book for children to read. Not all stories that come from the holocaust are horror tales. This is a good one for the children to read for a unit study on the holocaust. My children liked it.
The story of children in an orphanage coming to the aid of jewish refugees.
We read this bk a couple years ago and loved it. The courage and soundness of mind displayed by these children as they worked together to save other children from the cruel Nazis, is truly amazing and a testimony that we were created by a loving God, NOT a result of some slimy glob.
GOod book for kids about WW2. There is suspense, and evil is shown, but in a way appropriate for children to handle.
My kids enjoyed this book. It was a good introduction to World War II, and is based on actual events. It isn't too intense which makes it a good read aloud for younger kids.
Great childrens book and great reference for homeschool about WW2.