Imagine growing up in Hitler's Germany as part of a Jewish family. This is the tale of the Blumenthal family - Walter, Ruth, Albert and Marion. The entire family survives the horrors of Nazi Germany but not without great difficulty. Each time they planned to leave the Nazis behind something happened to change their direction and lives. Marion missed her childhood. Albert cared for the family long before the war ended and they emigrated to the U.S. Walter survived but died of typhus shortly after the family is liberated by the Russians. This story is informative and sad. This is about a family and its survival during a tragic period of history. And, this is a story about a little girl who kept looking for four perfect pebbles because she believed that if she found them her family would stay together. Her family would be safe. And, despite all that happened to them her belief comes true. Be prepared to return to Nazi Germany and travel with the Blumenthals as they flee from the Nazis.
This edition is apparently only available through the school market by Scholastic. I can't, even knowing how important this knowledge is, see giving this to a young child. Maybe a teenager but even with this, I believe younger children still need to be shielded...while they can. I might hand this to my daughter as a teenager or older but not any younger and it depends on her maturity.
I was surprised to see one or two of the pictures in this also- shocking pictures that I've seen before, as an adult, and that I really don't know how I would have handled as a child.
The book is great for adults and maybe younger people alike- I found out a couple minor things I didn't know. I had no idea all Jewish women were given the middle name Sarah for instance. That's not all I learned.
It's important for this knowledge to be passed on. I think there is an age appropriateness that needs to be listened to here though.