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Chilling, beautiful, essential,
This review is from: Erika's Story (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.