- Age Range: 6 - 11 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 3
- Lexile Measure: 610 (What's this?)
- Series: Rise and Shine
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: National Geographic School Pub; 1 edition (July 13, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1584301570
- ISBN-13: 978-1584301578
- Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.2 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story (Rise and Shine) Paperback – July 13, 2010
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Five years old at the time, Hiroki Sugihara tells the poignant story of how his father saved the lives of 10,000 Jews while he was serving as a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania in 1940. Going against the explicit orders of his government, he sat night after night hand-writing exit visas for people trying to escape from the Nazis. The sepia-tones of the illustrations lend a serious, appropriate dignity to the people the artist so beautifully portrays. A 1998 Parents' ChoiceÂ® Gold Award.
Reviewed by Kemie Nix, Parents' ChoiceÂ® 1998 --From Parents' ChoiceÂ®
About the Author
Ken Mochizuki is the award-winning author of numerous books for children for LEE & LOW (see full list to the right). Mr. Mochizuki lives with his wife in Seattle, Washington, where he lives and teaches and writes children's books and gives presentations about his work full time.
Dom Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, and received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. With his unique style of art combining techniques of painting and scratching details in encaustic wax, Lee has illustrated many award-winning picture books for children for LEE & LOW (see full list to the right). He lives with his wife and children in Demarest, New Jersey. To find out more about Dom Lee, visit www.domandk.com
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The Jewish proverb- "If you save the life of one person, it is as if you saved the world entire." Japanese Proverb- "Even a Hunter cannot kill a bird that comet so him for refuge."
The book includes an afterward by the son of the hero. Reading about the positive efforts of Righteous Gentiles provides a different perspective to the Holocaust. Sugihara had to decide whether he would follow his heart or follow his government's wishes. Few Holocaust era diplomats and leaders were willing to risk their job and their family's security. This book speaks directly to the choices that all people make. Standing up for what one believes is a character trait that should not be dismissed. This story raises many important questions that can be addressed at various age levels. I recommend that Sugihara's story be included in introductory discussions of the Holocaust.