Always Remember Me by Marisabina Russo
How One Family Survived World War II

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Rachel's Oma (her grandmother) has two picture albums. In one the photographs show only happy times -- from after World War II, when she and her daughters had come to America. But the other album includes much sadder times from before -- when their life in Germany was destroyed by the Nazis' rise to power.
For as long as Rachel can remember, Oma has closed the other album when she's gotten to the sad part. But today Oma will share it all. Today Rachel will hear about what her grandmother, her mother, and her aunts endured. And she'll see how the power of this Jewish family's love for one another gave them the strength to survive.
Marisabina Russo illuminates a difficult subject for young readers with great sensitivity. Based on the author's own family history, Always Remember Me is a heartbreaking -- and inspiring -- book sure to touch anyone who reads it.

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Marisabina Russo is the author and illustrator of numerous books for children, including The Line Up Book, which won an International Reading Association Children's Book Award, and Come Back, Hannah!, which was named a Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended book. Always Remember Me is based on the survival story of her own grandmother's family during the Holocaust. Ms. Russo lives in Westchester County, New York.
Published April 1, 2005 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 48 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Children's Books.

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Russo has found a way to tell young children about the Holocaust by recasting her own family’s story—the one her own grandmother told her—in a lightly fictionalized version, with Oma telling a small girl named Rachel about her two photo albums.

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Every Sunday, narrator Rachel and her Oma look at photos of Oma's life as a young Jewish mother raising three daughters in Germany.

Mar 21 2005 | Read Full Review of Always Remember Me: How One F...

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