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Hana's Suitcase Anniversary Album [With CD (Audio)]
     

Hana's Suitcase Anniversary Album [With CD (Audio)]

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by Karen Levine
 

The response since Hana's Suitcase was first published ten years ago has been overwhelming. Hana's story has spread across the globe and been translated into dozens of languages, honored with numerous awards, adapted for the stage and transformed into several films. The United Nations uses it in over 100 outposts, Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote a foreword and

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The response since Hana's Suitcase was first published ten years ago has been overwhelming. Hana's story has spread across the globe and been translated into dozens of languages, honored with numerous awards, adapted for the stage and transformed into several films. The United Nations uses it in over 100 outposts, Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote a foreword and Michelle Obama was presented with a copy during an official visit to Prague. This new book includes the original story, plus commemorative letters from Karen Levine, Fumiko Ishioka and George Brady. Also included are letters and art from readers around the world, photographs of events and ceremonies, scenes from the play adaptation, covers from international editions, images from the documentary film and more.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
The year 2012 was the tenth anniversary of the publication of Hana's Suitcase, about a Czech Jewish girl and her family's persecution by the Nazis, who invaded their country and killed Hana and her parents. After the war, Fumiko Ishioka, a young teacher at a small Holocaust museum in Japan, unearthed Hana's story after receiving a suitcase with her name on it from the Auschwitz Museum. Hana was indeed dead, but Fumiko found her brother George had survived Terezin and Auschwitz. With his memories and after much research, Fumiko brought Hana's story to her young students, while Canadian Karen Levine made a documentary film about Hana and wrote a successful, much-honored book. This commemorative album retells that story and shares with readers the many projects done by Fumiko's classes, as well as letters to Levine from children who have been touched by the book, and poetry and art about Hana from children in Canada and around the world. Chapters about Hana and George before the invasion and in the camps alternate. The sections that follow explore Fumiko's dedicated search for details of Hana's life and her ultimate fate. Readers can view book jackets of Hana's Suitcase in multiple languages, posters for a play and documentaries, as well as memories from citizens of Hana's town. Teachers will value the examples of the artwork that Fumiko's students have created, ranging from poetry, collages, and letters to posters, paintings, songs, and dramatizations. Especially interesting are two "thought maps" or clusters evoking Hana's life and times and a letter about the book from Israel's first astronaut who perished on the shuttle Columbia. Included is a CD of Levine's documentary for the CBC and children singing Hana's Suitcase Song. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
VOYA - C.J. Bott
The original Hana's Suitcase was published in 2002 and earned worldwide acclaim telling the story of Fumiko Ishioka's mission to contact holocaust museums all over the world, asking for physical items that would connect young people in her center to the holocaust. Eventually she received a package from the Auschwitz Museum containing a few items of clothing and one suitcase, labeled with the name Hana Brady, a birth date in 1931, and the German word WaisenKind, which means orphan. Continuing her search for more information about Hana, Fumiko was eventually rewarded with the address of Hana's brother, George Brady, who lived in Toronto. George had closed off that painful part of his life, but Fumiko's letter helped him to sift through his hidden box of family photos. The 2013 Hana's Suitcase: Anniversary Album documents what has happened since the first book was published. Currently, children in 45 countries are able to know Hana. More than a story about a young Jewish Czechoslovakian girl who died in Auschwitz, or a Japanese woman in the present who is determined to help young people in Tokyo understand the holocaust, or a man currently living in Canada, who had survived what his sister had not, Hana's Suitcase reminds us of the most important values in the world—acceptance, respect and compassion. Reviewer: C.J. Bott

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781926920368
Publisher:
Second Story Press
Publication date:
03/28/2013
Pages:
174
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Karen Levine has won several awards for her radio work, including two Peabody awards. Levine originally produced Hana's Suitcase as a radio documentary and later made it into a book. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Hana's Suitcase Anniversary Album 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story of a little girl and her family caught up in the atrosities of World War II. Follow a Japanese museum curator who is determined to find out the story of a little Hana, a Jewish girl, whose suitcase ends up at the Japanese museum after a request for artifacts from the Holocaust. Did Hana and her brother survive? Read the book and find out. It is a magnificent and heart breaking tale. Everyone knows the story of Anne Frank, Now learn the story of Hana, another child of the Holocaust.