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Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2018
Mapping the Bones is a historical Holocaust novel by Jane Yolen. Jane used the story of Hansel and Gretel as a skeleton of her story. The children are lost in the woods and use pebbles to help them find their way in the forest. They come across a wicked witch in a House of Candy where they are threatened with the ovens. Jane Yolen masterfully used the story and her Holocaust research to develop a story which is based on stories she has read about and yet is completely different from those around her. She does not falter from telling the entire emotional instability of those in that time period nor does she falter when it comes to details of experiments. I would definitely recommend this book be used with students who have some knowledge of the Holocaust. I would not recommend it for elementary students; however, keep in mind that I am rather protective of their innocence and don’t see Holocaust instruction being started earlier than 7th grade.
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