Just before the outbreak of World War II, the Nazis pushed Jewish families to do something they never imagined they would. They sent their children away on a train to faraway places to live with strangers so that they would be safe until the danger passed.
As she gets onboard the Kindertransport, a train to hope, ten-year-old Helen will never be the same.
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.11(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
vivid scenery of its unique culture. She attended Our Lady of the Lake University in historic downtown before living a while in
Japan and Mexico. She is now a school librarian in Dallas, Texas,
and enjoys sharing exciting stories from all over the world with her two sons and other eager readers. Rey Antonio and Rey Feo was her first children's book, Kindertransport: A Child's Journey her second. She continues to write and create stories that both educate and entertain.
Jeanne Conway is an artist, illustrator, children's book writer, and art educator from St. Louis, Missouri. She is a member of the Society of Children's Writers and Illustrators. You can view more of her art and her children's books on her website ...
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Helen, a young Jewish girl, could no longer play with the kids in her neighborhood, nor was she allowed to attend school anymore. She couldn’t understand why the kids who were once her friends now spat at her and called her horrible names. As if that were not enough, her parents feared the worst and tearfully insisted on sending her by train to England where she could be kept safe. Kindertransport – A Child’s Journey, by Kena Sosa recounts the atrocities of World War II at a time when children were sent away to escape the tyranny of the Nazi regime. This relatable and heartfelt story is told from the perspective of young Helen as she struggles with accepting her new fate while hoping and praying for her parent’s safety. Recommended for home and school libraries, Kindertransport – A Child’s Journey has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite Helen watches her former playmates from the window now. Not long ago she had mixed with the blond children outside, but now she is considered the enemy. Words like Nazis and dirty Jews were becoming more and more common, with little to no explanation from her mother. Father’s book store was closed and food was sparse. Feeling like a caged bird, Helen was no longer allowed to attend school or go outside. Mother kept the windows closed most days for inexplicable reasons of safety, shutting out Helen’s beloved clouds. One day Mother told Helen to pack a bag with her most special possessions. She excitedly told Helen that she would be leaving on an adventure. Her application had been accepted for Kindertransport to England, where she would live safely with a British foster family until the imminent danger of war vanished. In Kena Sosa’s tale through the eyes of a German Jew, we read the thoughts of the innocent in Kinder Transport: A Child’s Journey. As an adult educated in Holocaust history, I found this story chilling. Aided by delicate drawings by Jeane Conway, the story will rest easier with a younger audience, but not without leaving a sense of urgency in the reader to learn more. As a former teacher, I taught a unit on this time period in literature for thirty-three years. The Diary of Anne Frank and Night were always my standard literary resources, but I believe Kindertransport could definitely be included in the curriculum as a middle grade addition. Sosa creates the perfect balance in middle grade language and storytelling to create a vivid rendering for the young reader. The inclusion of vocabulary and language resources help to make this a valuable curriculum addition for the classroom.
Kindertransport, a Child’s Journey by Kena Sosa is a unique look at 1930’s Berlin through the eyes of Helen, a ten-year-old Jewish girl. Her whole world changes when her father’s bookstore is shut down by the Nazis and it becomes dangerous for her to play with her friends. She is forced to leave school and, in essence, become a prisoner in her own home. Her parents decide to send her on the Kindertransport like hundreds of other children, to find safety in another country. She is forced to leave her family and began a new life. Kena Sosa has done a masterful job of combing facts and fiction as she writes this story. It is sprinkled with the German language which is a bonus and brings the story to life. The Glossary of German phrases and additional resources add to the richness of Helen’s story that is based on actual experiences of survivors. I would highly recommend Kindertransport, a Child’s Journey be used in the classroom for additional historical information as well as homeschool settings.