Review! Gifts from the Enemy by Trudy Ludwig

giftsfromGifts from the Enemy

By Trudy Ludwig

Illustrated by Craig Orback

32 pages – ages 8+

Published by White Cloud Press on June 17, 2014

Opening – “There are those who say that what I’ve lived through never happened. But I’m here to tell you that it did. My name is Alter Wiener and I am an ordinary person with an extraordinary past.

Synopsis- from the inside jacket – “In this true and moving story, Alter Wiener, a teen survivor of five Nazi prison camps during WW II, transports young readers back in time when an unexpected person demonstrated moral courage in repeated acts of kindness toward him.

What I Liked- This was a very well-written, important book. It deals with a very harsh topic in an amazing way. The story is enough for younger  kids to understand the horror of the Holocost and the suggested activities, glossary, discussion questions and information included in the back of the book is a great addition for older kids.  The fact that a female German helps Alter is very dangerous, and the fact that she didn’t have to do it and risked her life doing it, makes Alter (and the reader) all the more grateful for the act. This story is written from Alter Weiner’s point of view as a holocaust survivor and is incredibly moving. The illustrations are stunning. The story is kind of sweet, in a very sad way. It shows how terrible people can be, and yet how wonderful too.

I give this wonderful book five out of five bookworms.fivebooks

Patricia Tilton reviewed and nominated this book as a perfect picture book. Check her review out HERE

Want to learn more? Check out Ms. Ludwig’s website HERE.

Categories: Age 6-9, Age 9+

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18 replies

  1. This looks like a book I would enjoy in a sad way. Thanks for writing a sincere review to let us know about it, Erik.


  2. This is a very important book Erik. Thanks for letting us know about it.


  3. Have been waiting for your review. Always like your perspective. This is such a great book! Thanks for mentioning my review, but it wasn’t necessary. The more we publicize good books the better. Trudy out did herself with this book!


  4. I read about this book on Patricia’s blog and have it on my to-read list. Looking forward to reading it soon. The artwork looks astounding.


  5. I’ve been meaning to take a look at this one. Thanks for the reminder! I think the author/editor/publisher did a great job with naming this book. It makes you want to find out what happens.


  6. Wow, sounds like an excellent and memorable story. I’ll have to check it out.


  7. So glad you reviewed this book too, as Pat says, it is important to spread the word about such important books!


  8. this looks like a good one Erik! Thanks!


  9. I look forward to reading it myself. Already put it on hold! Nice artwork on the cover too.


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