Elisabethby Nivola, Claire A. Nivola
Forced to flee the Nazis, a young girl and her family eventually end up in the United States where, years later, with a young daughter of her own, she is improbably reunited with the beloved doll she left behind in Germany.
The story opens on the eve of WW II in Germany, where the little girl (the author's mother, Ruth) lives with her family in secure surroundings. Her most beloved possession is a doll named Elisabeth. "The sun shone down on both of us and together we cast one shadow." When the family flees the Nazis, the girl can take nothing with her, not even Elisabeth. Years later, when the girl is grown and living in America, her six-year-old daughter asks for a doll that will "fill her arms like a real baby." The mother is drawn to a doll in an antique-store window and discovers that the doll is her own long-lost Elisabeth. Told in lyrical prose and illustrated in a muted palette with accents of bright color, this conveys the warmth and love of home and family, surviving across generations.
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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- Product dimensions:
- 7.14(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.12(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Claire A. Nivola, painter, sculptor, and illustrator, lives in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts.
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We happened upon this book in the library and in doing so discovered one of our favorite children's books. The illustations are beautiful, simple, and pure--like the story itself. And the story-- a true one--is unforgettable, and moving beyond words. It softly tells about a young Jewish girl and her doll Elisabeth against the backdrop of Nazi Germany. The book can be read on many levels, a simple one for children, a much deeper one for adults. In the end, it left me with a feeling of hope and wonder.
I loved this story because of my shared love of special childhood toys. If you've ever had a special object like a book or a toy that disappeared and was cherished because of the fun and warmth tied to it, you'll love this book. This book celebrates the fondness that children have for things they hold close and share everything with.