6/10/13

The Tattered Prayer Book - Review

Disclosure: I received this book at no charge in exchange for my review.
Teaching young children about the Holocaust can be challenging. The Tattered Prayer Book is a gentle way to introduce this subject to your 6-10 year olds. From the website: "Ruthie discovers a secret about her father, while looking through a box of mementos from the ‘old country.’ As her father tells his surprising story, Ruthie learns a piece of her father’s story, a slice of Jewish history and the circumstances under which the family fled Nazi Germany. A burnt prayer book taken in secret from a destroyed synagogue after Kristallnacht offers solace to her father as a young boy, at the most difficult time in his life. Once safely settled in America, he tries to bury the prayer book along with his painful past. Many years later, sharing the story with Ruthie, allows father to heal and daughter to grow."
I loved this book and as an early childhood expert, I think it's an excellent way to introduce a very difficult subject to children. Parents and children should read it together so that if questions that arise, they can be answered immediately. I believe we must teach children about the history of the world so that we can ensure these kinds of things never happen again. Author Ellen Bari has written a beautiful and sensitive book that is sure to be an award-winner! Illustrator Avi Katz has done an excellent job of capturing the nostalgic era through his pictures. This book should be in every library! Click HERE to order one or click on the book below.
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