The Secret of the Village Fool by Rebecca Upjohn

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Milek and his brother Munio live in a sleepy village in Poland, where nothing exciting seems to happen. They reluctantly do as their mother asks when she asks them to visit their neighbor Anton, knowing that the rest of the village laughs at him because of his strange habits of speaking to animals and only eating vegetables. Things change quickly when war comes to their town in the form of Nazi soldiers searching for Jewish families like that of Milek and Munio. Anton refuses to tell the soldiers where to find them, and then goes so far as to hide the family in his own home, putting his life at risk without a thought. Based on a true story.

About Rebecca Upjohn

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When Rebecca Upjohn heard of Anton's powerful story, it seemed a natural fit for her. The author of the picture books Lily and the Paper Man and Patrick's Wish, she is interested in characters who reach out to help others. She divides her time between New Hampshire and Ontario. Painted with ink and watercolors on paper, Goodbye to Griffith Street is Renne Benoit's first picturebook, but she has been drawing pictures for a living for several years, a dream come true. Growing up in Ottawa, Renne loved playing in the snow. As she was painting John making snow angels and stars, she enjoyed imagining that she was making them herself. Renne lives and works in Leamington, Ontario.
Published September 1, 2012 by Second Story Press. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When the Nazis conquered Poland and took over their village, Munio, Milek, Mama, Tata and all the Jews of the village were in immediate danger.

Aug 22 2012 | Read Full Review of The Secret of the Village Fool

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Munio and Milek can’t understand why their mother is so kind to Anton, the gentle, illiterate outcast who everyone else thinks of as the village fool.

Sep 17 2012 | Read Full Review of The Secret of the Village Fool

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