Let the Celebrations Begin!

Let the Celebrations Begin!

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Overview

Amid rumors of liberation, inmates at Germany’s Belsen camp create toys for a celebration in a moving story of hope, based on a true account.

Miriam lives in hut 18, bed 22. She has little to eat and nothing to play with, but she can remember what it was like before, when she had her own food, her own bed, and her very own toys. As World War II nears an end, everyone says the soldiers are coming, so Miriam joins the women in planning a celebration. Every night, while the guards sleep, they busy themselves crafting toys out of scraps of their clothing to surprise the younger children. Based on a reference to a small collection of stuffed toys made by women in Belsen for the first party held after the liberation of the camp, this new edition of Let the Celebrations Begin!, originally published in 1996, is an affecting story of human survival.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763670139
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 232,562
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Margaret Wild is a highly regarded and award-winning children’s book author whose book There’s a Sea in My Bedroom was short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She lives in Australia.

Julie Vivas is an acclaimed illustrator whose books include The Nativity, which she also wrote, and Possum Magic by Mem Fox. She lives in Australia.

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Let the Celebrations Begin 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
This book is very well written and like nothing I’ve ever read before. The holocaust is a very sad topic, but this author finds a way to highlight the hope in a very sad situation. The people use parts of the little bit of clothes they have to make toys to use when they are set free. They are hopeful that they will be set free soon. The pictures are good for the topic. The illustrator uses mostly faded and dull colors, showing that the people have been there for a long time, their clothes are old, and this is a dirty and unhappy place. Bright colors would go with the sad mood of the topic. Review by Lucy H., age 8, Tampa Bay Mensa