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Jars of Hope by Jennifer Roy

Title: Jars of Hope – How one woman helped save 2500 children from the Holocaust

Author: Jennifer RoyJars of Hope

Illustrator: Meg Owenson

Publisher: Capstone

Published: August 1st, 2015

Rating: 5/5

This book tells the story of Irena Sendler who helped save more than 2500 children previously trapped in the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw by the Nazis during the second World War. It tells how she helped smuggle the children to safety, keeping lists of the children detailing their real and assumed names and family information. Initially these lists were kept in her room but eventually she buried them in jars to help keep them safe – hence the title of the book. She worked with Zegota, a secret Polish resistance group working together to help the Jews,  She was captured and interrogated by the Nazis, imprisoned for more than three months but rescued whilst being transported to the Nazi headquarters.

She is one of the unsung heroines of the era, one who I had previously never heard of but certainly one whose name should be more widely known and her role acknowledged. This book shares the story of these events in a child friendly manner, enabling them to understand more of life at that time and how important people like Irena were.

This book could easily be used in schools to help children understand that the actions of just one person can really have an important, lasting effect on others around them. It could also help them understand some of the historical events of that era. The illustrations are lovely, enhancing the text and helping younger children understand and visualise the events described. A ‘must have’ book for anyone seeking to inspire children, helping them realise every individual can make a difference as well as sharing historic events in a meaningful manner.

Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book is available from a variety of sources including
amazon.co.uk    amazon.com     barnes and noble

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