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The Number on My Grandfather's Arm

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The moving story of a young girl who learns her grandfather’s experience in Auschwitz and then helps him overcome his sensitivity about the number on his arm, this awardwinning picture book gives young children “just enough” information about the Holocaust without overwhelming them.

A little girl questions a number printed on her grandfather's arm and he explains how he received it in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.

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Overview

The moving story of a young girl who learns her grandfather’s experience in Auschwitz and then helps him overcome his sensitivity about the number on his arm, this awardwinning picture book gives young children “just enough” information about the Holocaust without overwhelming them.

A little girl questions a number printed on her grandfather's arm and he explains how he received it in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.

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Gr 1-4 A loving relationship between a young girl and her grandfather is portrayed in text and black-and-white photographs. When the girl notices a number tattooed on her grandfather's arm, her grandfather tells her of the atrocities committed by the Nazis against the Jews, even describing Auschwitz, the camp he was in. ``We were no longer people to them. We were numbers.'' Moved, the young girl comforts her grandfather. The deceptively simple vocabulary does not limit the dignity of the text. Because of the subject matter, this would work best when presented by an adult with preparatory and follow-up discussion, but it offers just enough information and emotion for primary grade children to handle. That this really happened to a beloved grandfather makes the horror more immediate and realistic, and offers a different approach than the more allegorical one taken in Promise of a New Spring (Rossell, 1981) by Gerda Klein. Adler has succeeded admirably in his attempt to explain the inexplicable. An important book for everyone concerned with human rights. Micki S. Nevett, Temple Beth Emeth Library, Albany, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807403280
  • Publisher: URJ Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1987
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 686,488
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.85 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.08 (d)

Meet the Author

David Adler

David A. Adler lives in Woodmere, New York. Joy Allen lives in Cameron Park, California.

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    Great intro to the Holocaust for children

    I read this book with my children (8, 10 and 13). It was a great introduction to the Holocaust, and definitely makes it personal. I would recommend it for young people. There are only photos of the grandfather and granddaughter and her parents, so nothing graphic to worry about.

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