From Publishers Weekly
Set in a Nazi concentration camp just before liberation, this picture book "will raise disturbing questions, but leaves it to others to offer the even more disturbing answers," said PW. Ages 3-6.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Grade 4 Up-- From a sentence in a volume on antique toys and a short narrative description of the moment of liberation in one Nazi concentration camp, Wild has created this moving scenario. Told in first person by a young woman inmate of Bergen Belsen, this poignant vignette relates how a few women used scraps of material--many torn from their own ragged clothing--to create stuffed toys to be given to the few remaining children when the camp was liberated. Only adults and older children acquainted with Hitler's Holocaust will be able to appreciate this tribute to the stalwart women of the story, who, rising above hunger, deprivation, and inhuman living conditions, held fast to their belief that salvation would come. Against stark white backgrounds, Vivas has painted the small group of raggedly clothed, stubble-haired, thin-legged women and children; all of their faces radiate hope. This is a work of love. Its brief text and picture book format belie the sophisticated message that it bears. To those who understand, it will bring disturbing, heart-rending feelings of sadness. But these are the survivors, and their story must be told. --Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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