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The Secret of Gabi's Dresser
     

The Secret of Gabi's Dresser

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by Kathy Kacer
 

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The heroine, Gabi, recounts how as a young Jewish girl she lived on a family farm in Eastern Europe during the Second World War. She describes her community before the Nazi occupation and the events that unfolded afterwards. When the Nazis conducted house searches for Jewish children, Gabi successfully hid in the dining-room dresser. The only thing retrieved from the

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The heroine, Gabi, recounts how as a young Jewish girl she lived on a family farm in Eastern Europe during the Second World War. She describes her community before the Nazi occupation and the events that unfolded afterwards. When the Nazis conducted house searches for Jewish children, Gabi successfully hid in the dining-room dresser. The only thing retrieved from the home after the war was the dresser that saved Gabi's life. It now sits in author Kathy Kacer's home in Toronto. Kacer is Gabi's daughter and has based the story on her mother's experiences.

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Canadian Review of Materials Magazine
An absorbing story about a piece of Second World War history that is new to young readers of this genre. Recommended.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
The book opens with Vera and Paul playing a rousing game of hide-and-seek in their Grandma Gabi's house. But, the story belongs to Grandma Gabi, who calms the children after their play with cookies and a story from her own childhood. Grandma Gabi, it seems, grew up in Czechoslovakia during World War II and played a life and death version of hide-and-seek with Nazi soldiers who had invaded her home. The raid was the last in a series of increasing intrusions and restrictions the German government had placed upon all peoples in the countries they'd conquered who didn't belong to their ideal superior race. This book, based on real people and real events, tells a chillingly real story from the child Gabi's point of view. The fact that Grandma Gabi tells the story to her grandchildren happily lessens the suspense about what happened to her personally during the war. But the reality she portrays of being a regular kid who has to endure the gradual loss of friends, family, possessions, and routines of normal life comes through hauntingly in this well-crafted, relentless, and unforgettable tale of courage, oppression, and love. 1999, Second Story Press, Ages 8 up, $4.95. Reviewer: Judy Katsh—Children's Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781896764153
Publisher:
Second Story Press
Publication date:
01/01/1992
Series:
Holocaust Remembrance Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Kathy Kacer has won many awards for her books about the holocaust for young readers, including Hiding Edith, The Secret of Gabi’s Dresser, Clara’s War and The Underground Reporters. A former psychologist, Kathy tours North America speaking to young people about the importance of remembering the Holocaust. For more information, visit www.kathykacer.com.

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The Secret of Gabi's Dresser 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book showed the way the Jewish were described and is excellent because it is a book written by the character's daughter. Great plot and I recommend it to all ages!