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Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2020
Children’s author and poet Michael Rosen has written a book about his missing family who disappeared during WWII. The book feels very much like he has written it for himself, like he wanted to write down what he had been told by his family, what he wanted to discover, how he was going to find out the information and then, of course, the search and reveal of that info.
The book is written for children and so uses very simplistic writing and wording as well as explaining what certain words meant and the use of photographs to explain things too.
As well as the chapters that are sections in between where he has written his thoughts in poet form. Not being much of a poem lover I confess to skipping past quite a few of them. Some were only a couple of verses whilst others were over a few pages. At the back of the book, there are pages on further reading split into sections. I will certainly be looking some of them up.
For children learning about WWII and wanting to understand the horrific things that the Nazis did, including what happened at Auschwitz, this book explains everything in easy to understand language without traumatising them.
For me, as an adult, this book taught me things about the war that I didn’t know including how thousands of Jewish men, women, and children were taken from the Nice area of France, captured by the Nazis. They were in Nice as they had gone there to be saved by a man called Angelo Donati who had sorted out documents for them and had four ships ready to carry them to safety. So close.
I just adored this book. The writing was engaging, the subject kept me interested and I was eager to find out whether Michael would find out what happened to his missing family. This would be a wonderful book for having at school to use during lessons on WWII. I also think that it shouldn’t just be children reading it as it speaks to adults too. It is poignant, touching and beautiful, in a sad way.
Book Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog *I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed