Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
From the vast body of literature associated with the Holocaust, Rochman and McCampbell (Who Do You Think You Are? Stories of Friends and Enemies) have selected 24 excerpts or short works that powerfully confront aspects of the war against the Jews. Most of the entries are from what might be considered a canonical roster (e.g., Elie Wiesel's Night; Claude Lanzmann's epic film, Shoah; Art Spiegelman's Maus; and Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz). The less familiar authors, however, are no less forceful. An American soldier pens a letter to his wife, feverishly recording his horrified observations after helping liberate the inmates of an Austrian concentration camp; the Dutch writer Carl Friedman describes her own and her brother's reactions to their father's stories of surviving the death camps. An excellent introduction to a dire period of history. Ages 12-up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Rae Valabek
This book is the story of a girl who loses her dog, Flag, in the Tonto National Forest in Arizona. As she and her father search for nearly a month, Flag's days and nights are shown in full color paintings on the left side of the page. The girl and her father's search are shown in charcoal on the right side. The story unfolds as two stories in one. After a month, it seems as if all hope is lost, but the girl never gives up and she and her dog are finally reunited.
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Rochman and McCampbell have selected twenty-four haunting stories of this most terrible of times. Some of the stories have been published before, but the poetry that links them is new. As survivors grow older, and as the revisionists and deniers grow stronger, a collection like this is more important than ever.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3A family's camping trip in the desert goes sour when their beagle goes missing. The young narrator and her father put up posters and return to the area again and again searching for their lost pet. Excitement builds when they get a call, and crashes when they find that the dog is not Flag. After a month, Father wrenchingly decides that it is time to give up. And then the miracle happens. Flag is found and returned to them, injured, starved, barely strong enough to give a wriggle of recognition. The story is told on the right-hand page of each spread with colored-pencil drawings showing the girl and her father. The left-hand pages reveal in acrylic paintings what is happening to Flag during his lost-time. The tension builds to a heartbreaking pitch until the poor animal is too weak to move, and is found lying along a trail. Pair this title with Carol Carrick's Lost in the Storm (1987), The Accident (1981), or The Foundling (1979, all Clarion).Ruth Semrau, formerly at Lovejoy School, Allen, TX
The compelling true story of a beloved beagle named Flag, lost on a family camping trip in the desert of Arizona's Tonto National Forest and then, against all odds, found.
The rescue efforts of Flag's owner, a girl who narrates, make up most of the story, from her progress from posters (" `REWARD: .' That's how much I had in my piggy bank"), to hearing about a dog who turns out not to be Flag, to the longed-for reunion when an old prospector fetches the now skin-and-bones Flag home. For Lewis's first book, co-author Johnson (Frank Fister's Hidden Talent, 1994, etc.) sensitively positions full-color acrylic paintings of Flag in the desert alone opposite colored pencil drawings of the search for Flag by the narrator and her father. Flag survives the threat of cougars and coyotes, snakes, and cactus spines; in two of the most affecting paintings, he encounters the ashes of his family's campfire ring and then howls his loneliness to the hard-starred desert night. The presentation of the harsh beauty of the desert as well as a cathartic, unanticipated reversal of tragedy result in a book that is both visually and emotionally stunning.