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I Will Come Back for You: A Family in Hiding During World War II Hardcover – September 27, 2011
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The first charm is a donkey. The donkey represents the happy times that Jacob, Sabina and their children had in Rome before the war. They would often go to the park and ride on the backs of gentle donkeys.
The second charm is a piano. Jacob would play the piano and sing to his family each night when he got home from work. One day, Jacob learned that he and all Jewish men had to move to a small village up in the mountains. The music ended and the family missed Jacob very much.
The third charm is a bicycle. Jacob learned that the Germans were coming to the village and all the Jewish detainees would be moved to a concentration camp. Jacob ran away and hid in the mountains. A friendly farmer carried Sabina on the handlebars of his bicycle to a safer hiding place higher in the mountains. The children were left behind but hoped to be reunited with their parents as soon as it was safe.
The fourth charm is a pig. The children hid in baskets of live piglets and were carried high into the mountains on the back of a donkey. They were reunited with Sabina and lived with her on a farm until the war ended.
The next two charms are a barn and a spinning wheel. These charms represent the time that Sabina and the children lived on the farm. Sabina worked in the fields and even learned to spin yarn from sheep's wool. They looked like part of the farmer's family so no one suspected that they were Jews.
The Last charm is an ocean liner. Sabina learned that Jacob had joined the partigiani, a group of people who were fighting against the Germans. He was killed by Nazi solders who found his hideout.Read more ›
It's the kind of story that gathers more meaning for the reader as she gains maturity. Very masterfully written. I definitely want to purchase this one.
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.
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While learning about World War II I have found many books describing the harsh realities of life for Jews living in a Nazi occupied Europe. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Shelli
with children up to adults about having to hide during WWII. A picture is worth a thousand words. I can share this with my English students.Published on March 25, 2013 by Claire
I, in no way would have bought an illustrated book that a 3rd oor 4th grader could have read. No where does it say it is a childs book. Read morePublished on January 30, 2012 by Sharib