The Tattered Prayer Book by Ellen Bari

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...this book should do well in an elementary social studies or citizenship class or as a jumping off point for discussions on bullying, acceptance, and individualism.
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The Tattered Prayer Book, winner of The Mom's Choice Award, is a gentle introduction to the Holocaust for children ages 6-10. Ruthie discovers a secret about her father while looking through a box of mementos from “the old country.” As her father tells his surprising story, Ruthie learns a slice of Jewish history and the circumstances under which the family fled Nazi Germany. A burnt prayer book taken in secret from a destroyed synagogue after Kristallnacht offers solace to a young boy at the most difficult time in his life. Once safely settled in America, he tries to bury the prayer book along with his painful past. Many years later, sharing the story with Ruthie allows father to heal and daughter to grow.
 

About Ellen Bari

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Ellen Bari is an author, educator and creator of award-winning multimedia, exhibits and programs for children and adults. She has worked with a wide array of clients including Sesame Workshop, PBS, Nickelodeon, American Express and Harper-Collins. An early pioneer of new media, Ellen was instrumental in developing the multimedia Learning Center for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Ellen's other children's book titles include Jumping Jenny, a PJ Library selection and Bank Street Best Children's Book, and Ten Little Houses, an interactive ebook app. Illustrator Avi Katz was born in Philadelphia where he studied in the Schechter and Akiba schools as well as the Fleischer Art Memorial. After three years at U.C. Berkeley he moved to Israel at age 20, where he graduated in Fine Arts from the Bezalel Art Academy. He was the staff artist of the Jerusalem Report Magazine from its first issue in 1990 until 2012, and is active in the international Cartooning for Peace program. He has illustrated over 160 books in Israel and the U.S. including the National Jewish Book Award winning JPS Illustrated Children's Bible. His books have also won the IBBY Hans Christian Andersen Honors four times and Israel's Ze'ev Prize six times. His art has been exhibited in Israel, America and Europe.
 
Published July 29, 2013 by Gihon River Press. 32 pages
Genres: History, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Rita Lorraine Hubbard on Apr 19 2013

...this book should do well in an elementary social studies or citizenship class or as a jumping off point for discussions on bullying, acceptance, and individualism.

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