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Erika's Story Hardcover – 1 Jan 2004


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (1 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224070150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224070157
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 0.9 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A true story of survival and courage during the Second World War

About the Author

Ruth Vander Zee (Author) Ruth was brought up in Chicago. At the age of forty, she decided to get her college degree in education and later began writing stories for children. Ruth and her husband Vern live in Miami, Florida.Roberto Innocenti (Illustrator) Roberto Innocenti was born in 1940 in Bagno a Ripoli, a small town near Florence. Never having attended art school, he went to Rome to work in an animation studio. Returning to Florence, he began designing books and illustrating film and theatre posters. He has illustrated Pinocchio, A Christmas Carol, J. Patrick Lewis's The Last Resort and Ruth Vander Zee's Erika's Story. He lives in Florence with his wife.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Aug. 2005
Format: Hardcover
Much the best book we've found for teaching a young child something about the Holocaust without revleaing so much that it becomes inappropriate. My five-year-old daughter wanted to know more after catching a television report about Holocaust Memorial Day. She was entirely spellbound and very thoughtful without being unnecessarily horrified. It's a moving story, superbly and soberly illustrated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Timothy J. Franklin on 11 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Erika's Story is a beautiful piece of visual storytelling, with large detailed pictures supported by concise text. It recounts the tale of a holocaust survivor, thrown to safety from a death-camp bound train-carriage by her parents. The book has an unusual, landscape format, with pages wider than they are tall. Images of people being herded into cattle trucks, of traincars receding into icy distances, spread out in thin bars over the width of a two page spread, creating huge vistas. Although the scenes are filled with people, you will see few faces - every person is turning to look away, just as everything animate (the leaves, the rivers, the tiles on roofs) is fleeing, caught in an unseen current. Some of the pictures in this book are so filled with darkness and cold wood and steel that you won't notice they are drawn in full colour.
I found Erika's Story truly affecting, bringing home the human cost of the holocaust by showing up the incredible value of a single survivor's life. It is a book that children can understand: the text is simple, the images are comprehensive. There is nothing ghoulish or gruesome about this book, but you might do well to expect tears. On a topic so important, however, tears are the correct response.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Mar. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book was brilliant because it was true. It was very brave of the mother to throw Erika out the shaft. The story made me feel lucky and sorry for all the people who were taken by the nazis. It was touchingly written and clever with the star pictures!
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I heard about a book from a good friend of mine. She'd been talking about a book like it was a golden one. Later on I discovered that this book was recommended by her teacher, who wanted to illustrate her the background of the book.
I was curious what was this book so special about so I ordered it myself, too.
I got it about a week after I placed my order and first I just flipped through the pages quickly. Then I took a closer look at the illustrations in the book and somehow the book came alive and the story, which was true, got another meaning.
It's a story about staying alive in the circumstances where being alive was a privilege - in a time of the Holocaust.
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