Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944
  • Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944
  • Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944

Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944

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by Aranka Siegal
     
 

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Upon the Head of the Goat is the winner of the 1982 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Nonfiction and a 1982 Newbery Honor Book.

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Upon the Head of the Goat is the winner of the 1982 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Nonfiction and a 1982 Newbery Honor Book.

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Children's Literature
This warm and engaging look at the enduring spirit of the family will be a real find for teachers and librarians, as well as homeschoolers looking for a new viewpoint of the Holocaust. Siegal recalls her childhood in Hungary, from the outbreak of World War II until the day her family is sent to a Jewish ghetto and then to a death camp. At first a carefree 9-year-old, her outlook slowly grows in maturity as she becomes more aware of what is happening in her country. Siegal portrays her mother and sister as unsung heroines, never taking credit for the small acts of courage she herself displays. It's full of small, telling details such as the ways her mother copes with worsening food shortages, the increasing coolness of former "friends" who were Christian, and the fact that recess games were replaced with military exercises. They create an increasing sense of dread, especially since we know what the characters don't: that most Jewish families will not survive. Highly recommended. 2003 (orig. 1981), Sunburst/Farrar Straus and Giroux, Ages 12 up.
—Donna Freedman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466832589
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
03/24/2003
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
242,262
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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