Why did guys in powdered wigs argue over a breakfast beverage?!?! Chester the Crab shows the road to the American Revolution -- how money arguments became political arguments and then became shooting arguments. The colonial conflict begins in the French and Indian War, then moves to the Boston Massacre and Boston Tea Party and finally follows Paul Revere towards the writing of the Declaration of Independence. Your reluctant reader will love this funny, colorful graphic novel!
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The Tattered Prayer Book, winner of The Mom's Choice Award, is a gentle introduction to the Holocaust for children ages 6-10. Ruthie discovers a secret about her father while looking through a box of mementos from "the old country." As her father tells his surprising story, Ruthie learns a slice of Jewish history and the circumstances under which the family fled Nazi Germany. A burnt prayer book taken in secret from a destroyed synagogue after Kristallnacht offers solace to a young boy at the most difficult time in his life. Once safely settled in America, he tries to bury the prayer book along with his painful past. Many years later, sharing the story with Ruthie allows father to heal and daughter to grow.
Publisher: Gihon River Press
Product ID: GHP9780989084116
Grades: Grades 1 - 5
Level(s): Early Childhood, Primary, Intermediate, Middle School
File Size: 4.35 MB
Whiteboard Compatible: Yes (Level 1)
ISBN (Digital Book): 9780989084116
ISBN (Physical Book): 9780981990682
Mom's Choice Award Winner! Narrowly escaping the Nazi sweep in Southern Poland, Jafa Wallach and her husband, Naton, a physician, were able to send their 4-year-old daughter to safety while they and 2 of Jafa's brothers dug a shallow hole in the ground beneath the cellar of a Polish mechanic's shop. The adults managed to survive for 22 months in the grave-like space (less than 5' across and about 4' high) with the help of Jozef Zwonarz, the mechanic. He alone knew of their hiding space and had to secretly supply them with whatever food and water he could manage to sneak to them (mainly old potatoes and very small amounts of water). Wallach graphically describes the darkness, the hunger, the insects, and the fear. Since the hole they were in was less than 20 feet from a Gestapo headquarters in their small town in occupied Poland, they had to be especially quiet.Download a free reader's guide for this eBook.
Holocaust study is like standing on the tip of an iceberg! The more you learn, the more you discover needs to be studied. Nazi Holocaust History represents one of the most effective and most extensively documented subjects for a careful examination of basic moral issues. A structured inquiry into Nazi Holocaust History yields critical lessons for an investigation of human behavior. Nazi Holocaust study also addresses one of the central concerns of education in the United States, which is to examine what it means to be a responsible citizen. Through Nazi Holocaust study, students realize how fragile democratic institutions and values are. That silence, avoidance and indifference enable the mistreatment and bullying of others in society and that the Nazis methodically planned the Holocaust and it became a landmark historical event in the twentieth century. For this reason, we have put together a six page, 8.5 x 11, tri-folded reference guide packed with information to assist both teachers and students of the Holocaust in discovering: Important vocabulary including 33 difficult terms and their meanings Almost three full pages of Who’s Who including killers, resisters, rescuers, and liberators Full descriptions and definitions of “War Crimes” and “Crimes Against Humanity” A full page dedicated to the Holocaust Timeline Nine questions to elicit and promote conversations on unresolved issues of the Holocaust List of Holocaust literature List of Holocaust movies
At age seven, Miriam, her mother and father, a renowned surgeon, escaped the Lida ghetto and joined Jewish partisans in the Lipiczany Forest. Before the war’s end, Miriam estimates that her father had saved hundreds of lives and helped build and supervise a partisan hospital in the swamps of the forest. Hunted by German soldiers, she experienced childhood terror that has remained with her. She lost her innocence, her childhood, her youth as she clung to her mother and her prized possession, a pistol. Her head was shaved so she would look like a boy. Her memory of the details of that time - both in the Lida ghetto and in the forest - remains remarkably sharp and distinguishes this memoir from many others. (Sidney Bolkosky, William E. Stirton Professor in the Social Science, Professor of History, University of Michigan-Dearborn)
During an economic crisis in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s, an idealistic young Jewish woman involved in the labor movement in Hamburg joins with a rebellious artisan to resist the rise of Nazism, at the same time deepening their love for humanity and each other. Drawn from the true stories of Gisa Peiper and Paul Konopka, Silence Not, A Love Story, is a story of courage and love that thrives despite the dangers, telling of hope and art, of speaking out for the highest human values in the most pressing times.Download a free reader's guide for this eBook.Download "A Play is For Reading" by Alexis Greene.Watch the book trailer at YouTube.
Lisel’s Ocean Rescue by noted children’s author Barbara Krasner, recounts the story of Liesl Joseph, a 10 year old girl aboard the ill-fated MS St. Louis. On May 13, 1939, together with her parents and 937 other Jewish refugees they left Germany on the MS. St Louis attempting to seek temporary asylum in Cuba. Accomplished artist Avi Katz has beautifully illustrated this age- appropriate, yet historically accurate story. Liesl’s Ocean Rescue is a worthy and strong addition to Holocaust literature and curriculum at the elementary school level. The book provides an excellent bibliography of additional resources and will facilitate teaching of a difficult but necessary subject. The poignant and uplifting account should encourage our children to stand up for what they believe is right and to make a positive difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
Welcomed by educators, artists, students, historians as well as the Holocaust community, The Stones Weep by Miriam Brysk and Margaret Lincoln is a uniquely engaging and effective Holocaust Education book that combines multiple aspects of a survivor’s art—emotional, impressionistic digital creations—with teacher-created and tested lesson plans that meet State and National Core Curriculum Standards, including an online lesson available in Moodle. In so doing, this book provides new perspectives for teaching and learning about the Holocaust. The Stones Weep is the proud winner of the Independent Publishers of New England Book of the Year Award and the Academic Award. The rare partnership of Holocaust survivor, artist, author, and professor, Miriam Brysk, PhD, along with Library-of-Congress American Memory Fellow and District Librarian at Lakeview, Michigan schools, Margaret Lincoln, PhD, affords an unprecedented opportunity to explore the Holocaust in both singularly personal and global historic contexts.
Mom's Choice Award Winner! Based on the true story of Ursula Swartz and 5 other children who escaped from Bergen-Belsen and crossed war-torn Germany on foot to freedom. Ursula shares the secrets of the prism with the other children and the power of their imagination gives them the strength to survive. Running, hiding and stealing was all they knew since escaping the concentration camp. Life outside the camp was just as brutal as inside. 6-year-old Ursula, her older brother and 4 other children were smuggled out of the camp by a brave soldier. Handing them a few provisions, he dropped off the children in the forest, leaving them to fend for themselves. Ursulas Prism is a story of heroism, courage and honor as this group of children fight to survive, showing the resiliency and strength of the human spirit when faced with seemingly impossible circumstances.Download a free reader's guide for this eBook.Watch the book trailer at YouTube.
Part spy thriller and part compelling story of moral courage against all odds, Karski is the first definitive account of perhaps the most significant warning of the impending Holocaust to reach the free world. A young Polish diplomat turned cavalry officer, Jan Karski joined the Polish Underground movement in 1939. He became a courier for the Underground, crossing enemy lines to serve as a liaison between occupied Poland and the free world. In 1942, Jewish leaders asked him to carry a desperate message to Allied leaders: the news of Hitler’s effort to exterminate the Jews of Europe. To be able to deliver an authentic report, Karski twice toured the Warsaw Ghetto in disguise and later volunteered to be smuggled into a camp that was part of the Nazi murder machine. Carrying searing tales of inhumanity, Karski set out to alert the world to the emerging Holocaust, meeting with top Allied officials and later President Roosevelt, to deliver his descriptions of genocide.
“ . . . I saw that a Nazi was already chasing me . . . I felt and heard bullets flying by—I just kept on running.” ~18-year-old Partisan Manya Feldman “I also had a grenade with which to blow myself up so if captured, I wouldn’t break under torture.” ~ 19-year-old Partisan Faye Schulman “Face-to-face with Adolf Eichmann . . . instead of being struck by terror, I was struck by how normal he looked.” ~17-year-old Lola Lieber “I was determined to be as strong and productive as a boy. . . . I helped the posted guards . . . I camouflaged trails, and scouted out the surrounding areas for safety.” ~7-year-old Miriam Brysk Women of Valor: Polish Resisters to the Third Reich provides a unique and inspiring perspective on the extraordinary Jewish and non- Jewish women who risked everything to defy the Nazis. In this highly readable and educational collection of true stories, educator, public-speaker and author Joanne D. Gilbert celebrates the heroines of World War II who not only fought the horrors of the Holocaust, but survived well into their 80s and 90s—living lives of commitment to the human spirit and human rights.