Always remember me : how one family survived World War II (#10296Q9)

by Russo, Marisabina

10 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

Hardcover Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2005
Price: USD 18.41
Description: 44 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 25 x 28 cm
Dewey: 940.53; Audience: Upper Elementary; Reading Level: 4.9
AR 4.6 MG .5 86657EN; RC 3.9 3; LEX 720L
From the publisher: Grades 1-5; Ages 6-10
From Booklist: Grades 3-5; Kirkus: Ages 6-10; PW: Ages 6-up; SLJ: Gr 2-4; read the full-text reviews


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From Follett

"An Anne Schwartz book." The author shares the story of how her grandmother, mother, and two aunts survived the Holocaust of World War Two and came to America to start a new life.

From the Publisher
Rachel's Oma (her grandmother) has two picture albums. In one the photographs show only happy times -- from after World War II, when she and her daughters had come to America. But the other album includes much sadder times from before -- when their life in Germany was destroyed by the Nazis' rise to power.
For as long as Rachel can remember, Oma has closed the other album when she's gotten to the sad part. But today Oma will share it all. Today Rachel will hear about what her grandmother, her mother, and her aunts endured. And she'll see how the power of this Jewish family's love for one another gave them the strength to survive.
Marisabina Russo illuminates a difficult subject for young readers with great sensitivity. Based on the author's own family history, Always Remember Me is a heartbreaking -- and inspiring -- book sure to touch anyone who reads it.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2005
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Dewey: 940.53
  • Classifications: Collective Biography, Nonfiction
  • Description: 44 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 25 x 28 cm
  • ISBN-10: 0-689-86920-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-689-86920-4
  • LCCN: 2004-004228
  • Follett Number: 10296Q9
  • Catalog Number: 0689869207
  • Reading Level: 4.9
  • Audience: Upper Elementary
  • Grades: 1-5
  • Ages: 6-10
  • Booklist: Grades 3-5
  • Kirkus: Ages 6-10
  • Publishers Weekly: Ages 6-up
  • School Library Journal: Gr 2-4
  • ATOS Book Level: 4.6
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 86657EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 3.9
  • Reading Counts Points: 3
  • Lexile: 720L

Reviews & Awards
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, 2006
  • Booklist, 03/01/05
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 06/01/05
  • Horn Book Magazine, 03/01/05
  • Kirkus Reviews, 03/15/05
  • Multicultural Review, 12/01/05
  • Parents' Choice Silver Honor, 2005
  • Publishers Weekly starred, 03/21/05
  • School Library Journal starred, 04/01/05
  • Wilson's Children, 10/01/10

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (March 1, 2005 (Vol. 101, No. 13))
Gr. 3-5. In a moving picture book, Russo tells her Jewish family's story of Holocaust survival. She remembers herself as a small child visiting her grandmother, Oma, who tells Russo the family history with photos stretching back to Oma's youth and marriage before World War I. Children will need help to understand the multigenerational time frame and to keep track of who's who; in fact, the book may appeal more to adults than to young readers. But Russo personalizes the history with photo-album entries printed on the endpapers, and her gouache illustrations, framed like photos, show the individuality and strength of family members as they faced the Nazis who sought to destroy all Jews. Miraculously, Oma and her three daughters, two of whom were in the camps, survived to be reunited in the U.S. An afterword fills in some Holocaust history.

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