Sunday, March 23, 2014

Book Review: The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren, Illustrated by Fabio Santomauro

*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****

Anett’s family is hiding some Jewish people in their cellar, until they can be safely taken away in a fishing boat. Anett brings some food and other items they need down to them, allowing whispering voices to lead her down the cellar to give her courage because it is dark. The woman and her son are thankful for the food and other items. 

Anett sees Nazi soldiers going to different houses while she is in town getting stuff for her parents and their new Jewish friends.  She tells her parents when she gets home. Her dad keeps looking at the sky and notices there is no moon to guide them to safety, the sky is too cloudy. Then one day Anett is forced to be face-to-face with the Nazi soldiers and her dad needs to make a decision for the safety of their Jewish friends they are hiding, which allows their caring neighbors to participate in bringing them to safety by listening to their whispering voices as they make their way through the neighborhood.

I really liked hearing this story about a family who helped some Jewish people during World War II, protecting them from attacks. I wondered if Anett might have given some clues to some people that they were hiding Jewish people when she told some people in town when she was getting extra items, like bread, saying that they had some new friends. This story seemed to be inspired about the story about how Jews escaped from a small fishing village of Gilleleje, which I read about in the author’s note after the story ended. The Jewish people were led to the harbor by the whispering directions of the town’s citizens from their doorways, which is very much like what happened in this story.

This is a great way to educate children about what happened during the Holocaust.

Recommended for ages 7-11/ grades 2-5

My review = 5 out of 5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free copy of this book from Kar-Ben Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

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