Eli Remembers

Eli Remembers

by Ruth Vander Zee, Bill Farnsworth, Marian Sneider
     
 

Year after year, Eli watches the solemn lighting of seven candles at his familya's celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. But these happy occasions are always tinged with sadness, and Eli doesna't understand why.

Then one year he travels to Eastern Europe and finally heard the stories that for generations have been too painful to share. As Eli learns

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Year after year, Eli watches the solemn lighting of seven candles at his familya's celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. But these happy occasions are always tinged with sadness, and Eli doesna't understand why.

Then one year he travels to Eastern Europe and finally heard the stories that for generations have been too painful to share. As Eli learns how the candles represent his familya's sad connection to the Holocaust in Lithuania, he also learns a lesson about the importance of remembering.

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Publishers Weekly

When Eli and his family travel to Lithuania, he finally learns why sadness clouds their Rosh Hashanah gatherings: his great-grandmother Gussie's father and six siblings were among the 80,000 Jews massacred in the Ponar Forest near Vilnius during WWII. Vander Zee (Mississippi Morning) and Sneider, whose experiences inspired the book, use simple, direct language to follow Eli's trajectory from puzzlement and ignorance to horrific realization and resolve. As the family gathers at the site of the massacre, the prose is unsparing and unrushed, occupying several pages. "And then they fell... into this pit," Eli's father explains, after recounting how Jews were rounded up and shot in the back. "The next day their bodies were burned." Farnsworth (The Christmas Menorahs) freezes the action in his realistic oil paintings, an approach that makes the most of the emotionally wrenching subject matter. He portrays Eli's reaction in a stunning close-up-his face is expressionless except for his sad, wide eyes. But in this moment when innocence is lost (Eli's first response is the utterly authentic, "Were children killed too?"), a sense of maturity dawns. Eli realizes that the world is bigger than his own experience, and that each generation is entrusted with the responsibility and sacredness of memory. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802853097
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/15/2007
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,474,187
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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