Jacob's Rescue: A Holocaust Story

Jacob's Rescue: A Holocaust Story

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ISBN-13: 9780440409656
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/28/1994
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 275,345
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.69(h) x 0.33(d)
Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Malka Drucker is the author of 21 books, including the award-winning works Frida Kahlo, Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the HolocaustGrandma's Latkes, and White Fire: A Portrait of Women Spiritual Leaders in AmericaWhite Fire won the 2005 PEN Southwest Book Award for Nonfiction. Drucker’s highly acclaimed Jewish Holiday series won the Southern California Council on Literature for Children Prize series. Another of her biographies, Eliezer Ben Yehuda: Father of Modern Hebrew, won the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) Janusz Korczak Literary Competition and Frida Kahlo was chosen as an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists. She belongs to many literary organizations, including The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, The Southern California Council on Literature for Young People, the Association of Jewish Librarians, The Authors Guild, and PEN.  Ordained in 1998 from the Academy for Jewish Religion, a trans-denominational seminary, Malka Drucker is also the founding rabbi of HaMakom: The Place for Passionate and Progressive Judaism, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Michael Halperin is an author and writer of many television episodes, plays, and books. He received a BA in communications from the USC Annenberg School of Communications and his PhD in film studies. Halperin was a story editor for Universal Television and an executive story consultant at 20th Century Fox. He is the coauthor of the bestselling and award-winning children’s novel Jacob’s Rescue: A Holocaust Story. He is also known for his book Black Wheels, which was chosen by the National Education Association as one of the best books of 2005–2013.

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Jacob's Rescue: A Holocaust Story 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
: This book in my opinion is a phenomenal book about the tragic events for one family during the Holocaust. Once the family thinks it is too dangerous for Jacob, to continue living with them they send him with the Roslans family. The book then becomes two families facing the hardships of the Holocaust. The author’s purpose of writing this book was to give insight on how the families actually lived. My argument for this book is everyone except children in elementary school should read this wonderful book. It has my complete recommendation.: Jacob’s Rescue was written by Malka Drucker and Michael Halperin. She has written twenty-one books over her career as a writer. The book is about a boy named Jacob. He is a Jewish boy living in the ghetto with his Aunt Hannah and his grandmother. They send him out of the ghetto to stay with a man named Alex and he told him to call him “Uncle Alex.” That family does everything for Jacob throughout the story and doesn’t want him to be caught by the Nazi’s. They do everything in their power to keep him safe. They care for Jacob as if he was their own son.In my opinion this book is a wonderful read for anyone above the reading level of the elementary school. In my opinion the reason the smaller children should not read this book is because there is a lot of violence in the book. Like, “Alex watched with horror as Yurek crumpled in the middle if the street.” The young man had been shot. Yes, the book achieves its purpose! If you can visualize the book at any point than most of the time the book has achieved the authors set purpose.This is an overall wonderful book about the Holocaust; it includes what it took to survive during the horrible time in history. I would personally rate this book 4-4 1/2 out of five stars. I would also recommend this book to anyone above the age of ten.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When Jacob was young, he moved into the ghetto. Life was good until the day his aunt Hannah decided it was time for him to leave. The thought of running scared him because of the consequences. He left the ghetto and joined into a polish family, The Roslan’s. The small family lived in a cramped apartment with little room for anyone else, but they made things work. Life was difficult hiding Jacob for the family. This book tells about the hard journey they had keeping Jacob safe to later on begin a family of his own, in peace and harmony. Continue reading to find out more on, Jacobs Rescue A Holocaust Story, a Historical fiction story. With the intent from the author to entertain his readers. At first when Jacob came to live with the Roslan’s, life was hard because he wasn’t sure how to behave. He became lonely; he longed to be with his aunt and cousins. The next issue arose when he had to hide beneath the kitchen sink and the neighbors little boy saw him. He told his mother what he had seen and she threatened to report them to the green police. So they packed up and moved, he feared being caught during the move because he had to hide in the couch while his brother, with his blonde hair and polish looks he could pass as a part of the Roslan family. When they had gotten to the new place, Mela was upset at their living conditions Alex had put them into after he had sold the apartment. Not long after they had moved into their new home, the uprising had started. During this, the Roslan’s older son had a horrible tragedy happen to him. This book starts slow, until the point of Jacob leaving the ghetto. This is kind of a hard life for the family taking Jacob in. The first child other than Jacob they accepted into the family was Jacob’s younger sibling Sholom, he died from Scarlet fever. Tragedies were common during this point in life, like Jacobs’s surgery and the death of the Roslan’s oldest son. This story helps you open your eyes to the world they had to endure. In my personal opinion, I think I would have turned myself in. It would have been hard but I would have wanted to keep everyone else safe. I do not know what I would actually do in a situation like this but I would be terrified. The things they had to endure were horrible. This book goes into enough detail to shed some light upon their lives, but not to the point of grueling, disturbing detail. I would recommend this book to any reader. The vocabulary is easily understood and the detail is great. There were a few main points in this story that hit home with me. The first is when Jacob had to have surgery so Alex sold the apartment, putting his own family on the search for a new home to save Jacob’s life. Another is when the uprising began and the kids were outside, this moment was suspenseful for me, for the simple reason of you didn’t know who was going to make it out alive. Lastly, the moment when the officers wouldn’t let Alex and Mela take Jacob and David to Palestine, not even letting them take them to say their last goodbyes. Luckily the story has a happy ending.
JanaRose1 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Set in Poland between 1951 and 1995, this is the story of how Alex and Mela Roslan saved Jacob and his brother during the holocaust. Despite fears of the Nazi's and the consequences of being caught hiding Jews, Alex and Mela show remarkable courage as they fight to protect Jacob and his brother. Often gritty and emotional, this book is quick to catch your attention. It is a wonderful introduction to the issues faced during World War II.
lisa-whats-up More than 1 year ago
learn about the holocaust pretty  interesting 
Annie_L32 More than 1 year ago
My daughter had to read this for school and she loved the book. It taught her things she didn't know about what it was like to live through the Holocaust.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book in my opinion is a phenomenal book about the tragic events for one family during the Holocaust. Once the family thinks it is too dangerous for Jacob, to continue living with them they send him with the Roslans family. The book then becomes two families facing the hardships of the Holocaust. The author’s purpose of writing this book was to give insight on how the families actually lived. My argument for this book is everyone except children in elementary school should read this wonderful book. It has my complete recommendation. Jacob’s Rescue was written by Malka Drucker and Michael Halperin. She has written twenty-one books over her career as a writer. The book is about a boy named Jacob. He is a Jewish boy living in the ghetto with his Aunt Hannah and his grandmother. They send him out of the ghetto to stay with a man named Alex and he told him to call him “Uncle Alex.” That family does everything for Jacob throughout the story and doesn’t want him to be caught by the Nazi’s. They do everything in their power to keep him safe. They care for Jacob as if he was their own son. In my opinion this book is a wonderful read for anyone above the reading level of the elementary school. In my opinion the reason the smaller children should not read this book is because there is a lot of violence in the book. Like, “Alex watched with horror as Yurek crumpled in the middle if the street.” The young man had been shot. Yes, the book achieves its purpose! If you can visualize the book at any point than most of the time the book has achieved the authors set purpose. This is an overall wonderful book about the Holocaust; it includes what it took to survive during the horrible time in history. I would personally rate this book 4-4 1/2 out of five stars. I would also recommend this book to anyone above the age of ten.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We had to read this for class and i loved it!!! U must read this 1
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this in elementary school niw in middle school looking it was a great book. Really grabs a readers attention
Ana Schroeder More than 1 year ago
I had to read for school and at first I didnt want to read it but once I started I couldnt stop! Good for anyone looking for a true holocoust story from a child's point of view!!!!!!
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Clare Bivins More than 1 year ago
my sister gave me the book and i wasn't very sure i would like it because it was so short (i like lllllllloooooooonnnnnnnnngggg books) so i said i would read it in one day(i did) but it was ssssssoooooo good!!!!! if you don't get this book you are a loser:(
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
My wife likes to read books about World War II and the Holocaust. This one is basically the true story of Jacob and David Gutgeld who lived with their family in a beautiful house in Warsaw, Poland. However, everything changed in one day when Nazi soldiers invaded in 1939 and it was not safe to be Jewish anymore. Eight-year-old Jacob was sent by his grandmother and aunt through a hole in the ghetto wall to meet Alex Roslan, who is identified as a "kind Christian man." The Roslan family kept Jacob's identity, and later that of his brother David who was also brought to them, a secret at the risk of their own lives. The authors do note, "Of course, many years have passed and each person remembers things differently, so the story told here cnanot be an exact recreation of events." The Holocaust brought great tragedy to many people, so any book about it will have a lot of sorrow. However, some books dwell on that to the point of being depressing, while others find in the midst of the sadness some encouragement and hopefulness. While this book does have its unpleasant moments, such as when the Roslans' own son Yurek was killed during the Nazi retaliation for the Warsaw uprising, it basically falls into the latter category and the Roslans exhibit great courage in doing what they did. I would wish that their "Christian faith" had been more developed as the reason for their actions, but it is a very interesting and readable book. There are a few references to smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol, and the words "My God" are used once as an exclamation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this book it's so emotional and sad it is the best book i have ever read
Guest More than 1 year ago
The name of the headline is 'The Sticky Book' because your eyes will just stick to it.I liked this book because it is so interesting. I relate to this book because my parents are gone a lot too and I always miss them so much.In the story him and his parents are sepreated a lot and he misses then too.It takes place durind world war II in 1939.Then,the nazi's didn't like the jews and wanted them dead or sent to a concentration camp.he try's to escape but will he live with gaurds on every conner.read on and find out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
its a great wonderful moving story
Guest More than 1 year ago
THis was an awsome book! I read it at least 3 times when i first boroowed it from my teacher! Then I decided to buy it! It's awsome!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I read it in 5th grade and have always loved it and always will.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! I usually dont like books. After reading that book I have loved books ever since
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the best! I've never read a book that you get to know the characters so well. And at the end since they have pictures you really feel that they're your own flesh in blood. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is a truly heart warming story of a boy who survives the holocaust! He goes through many hardships when surviving and hiding. It is a story of hope for all readers from 9-99! I would recommend it to teachers who teach about W.W.II and the Holocaust.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the BEST books I have ever read! It tells a touching story about a courageus boy. I would recommend this book to all young readers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely wonderful---and proved to touch the heart of my 4th graders as I read it aloud to them. I would recommend it as a companion piece to 'Number the Stars.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was great i got into really easly. I dont like to read but i couldnt put this book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story of Jacob's Rescue was a fabulous book! As a teacher, this book will be used in my classroom in the future. This book is a true and simple look at the Holocaust and its survivors. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to more fully understand the sadness and hope those who went through this horrid event. The book does have some discussion of death camps and dying, which may be of concern to some parents. I suggest it be a book the whole family reads together. Also fabulous for older readers who are at a lower reading level than their peers, because it discusses a very real and serious subject, yet the book is written for the fourth grade level.