Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Champion of Children: The Story of Janusz Korczak by Tomek Bogacki

Bogacki, Tomek The Champion of Children: The Story of Janusz Korczak 40 p. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009. $17.99. PICTURE BOOK Language - G; Sexual Content - G; Violence -G. Henryk Goldszmit, more commonly known as Janusz Korczak, was born in Warsaw in 1878. Since his childhood, he always wanted to be able to help children who were hungry and did not have anyone to take care of them. As he grew older he became the director of the Orphans Aid Society and was able to build an orphanage. It was so successful he was asked to open another orphanage for Polish workers' children. Due to World War II, the orphanages were closed down, and because he was Jewish, him and all of the children were sent first to the ghetto. "Korczak died with his children in the Treblinka extermination camp, but his spirit survives in all he achieved during a lifetime devoted to defending children." Although more of a biography, this could be used to introduce World War II into the curriculum. EL- ADVISABLE. Anna Mattheus, Elementary Teacher.


Ms. Yingling said...

This would be good to have on hand for the lower readers during our 8th grade Holocaust unit, but the cover is very unfortunate.

Cindy Mitchell said...

That is a great way to put that!