One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II

One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II

by Lita Judge


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When author/illustrator Lita Judge found hundreds of tracings of feet in her grandmother's attic, she was intrigued and moved to share the story behind them.
One Thousand Tracings tells that story. In the aftermath of World War II a family in America established contact with a family in Germany and to help them sent them supplies, including shoes. The German family was extremely grateful and asked if their American friends would help others in Europe. Soon shoe tracings from all over the continent started pouring in to the modest Midwest farm. The network of families helping from the U.S. started to grow so that ultimately hundreds of people on both sides of the Atlantic were touched by this remarkable process.

Illustrated with a combination of paintings and collages of original photographs and foot tracings, this moving story is a granddaughter's tender tribute to her grandparent's who organized this relief effort. By sending hope and kindness they began healing the wounds of war. It is powerful reminder of the importance of humanitarianism during wartime.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423100089
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication date: 06/05/2007
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 8.75(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

About the Author

Lita Judge lives in Peterborough, NH with her husband and cat. She grew up with grandparents who were well known ornithologists and who were responsible for starting "The Action", the movement described in this book where ordinary Americans sent food, clothing, and scientific materials to Europeans who had survived WWII.

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One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
frood42 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After World War Two, a young girl helps her parents gather shoes, food, clothes and toys to send to Germany to help relieve the suffering of German civilians. The family received in the mail tracings of feet, so as to know what sizes shoes should be sent to which families. This story is based on the author's mother's experience, who was young when the war ended, and who helped her own parents send supplies overseas. The book is illustrated with warm watercolor paintings, and also photographs of 1940s era goods and provisions, as well as photographs of some of the German children, and images of the foot tracings. The story is fairly short, but it is a wonderful depiction of ordinary people doing their best to help strangers through difficult times, and two countries trying to recover from a war during which they fought on opposing sides. This picture book for children ages six through ten shows a very human angle of World War Two.
jonathanjohnson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very good book, one of the few books that I have read that can talk about a sad topic without making it too morbid for young children. Would make young children look outside of themselves and want to do more for others rather than thinking about only themselves.
NathanielLouisWood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book tells the story of Post WWII through a families story. Through the charity work of this family we glimpse post war Europe through the lens of the things they did not have. The people who received the charity were not the lowest, some were in fact highly educated and that may be part of the books appeal. This is a good look at how to present post WWII to any audience.