"I Will Come Back for You" is inspired by the author-illustrator's mother's life in Italy during WW II. It begins with a young girl asking her Nonna (grandmother) about the significance of the charms on Nonna's charm bracelet. Nonna proceeds to tell her the story which goes back to wartime Italy.
The story traces the lives of a Jewish family in Rome, Italy, consisting of a father, mother, Nonna (the daughter), and Nonna's younger brother Roberto. Things are idyllic until a summons comes for Nonna's father to report to a place in the mountains - all foreign Jewish men had to be taken away since Italy had allied itself with Germany.
Nonna and her brother are of course shattered by this turn of events, but luckily their mother figures out a way to visit their father during the weekends (which was allowed at the time). Over a period of time, things get worse for the Jews - Nonna's father and the other Jewish men are to be taken away to a concentration camp in Germany and he makes plans to get away. Meanwhile, the rest of the family are hidden by kind Italian peasants.
The story flows well, and the colorful illustrations offset the grimness of the situation narrated in the story. This is a great way to introduce younger readers to the subject of the Holocaust, although I'd recommend this for children who are a bit more mature in thinking and able to understand the content. My seven-year-old is quite familiar with Anne Frank and some other stories of the Holocaust such as The Cats in Krasinski Square
, The Butterfly
, etc. so she was able to follow this story quite well. Recommended for school and public library collections.