Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto

Susan Goldman Rubin, illus. by Bill Farnsworth. Holiday House, $18.95 (40p) ISBN 978-0-8234-2251-7
Arresting oil paintings pair with vivid prose to tell the story of a Polish social worker who concealed Jewish children from the Nazis. In her third collaboration with Farnsworth set during WWII, Rubin reveals Sendler's harrowing efforts to transport children to safety in body bags and coffins, as well as her success in concealing a list of the children's names (in hopes that they might be reunited with their families). Sendler's resolute face is luminous against Farnsworth's bleak depictions of the ghetto and in a passage describing her torture by the Gestapo. It's a haunting and unflinching portrait of human valiance. Ages 6–10. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/28/2011
Release date: 02/01/2011
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