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.
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.