Friday, August 22, 2014

Hidden by Loie Dauvillier - OPTIONAL

Dauvillier, Loie Hidden, illustrated by Marc Lizano (translated by Alexis Siegel), 76 p.  GRAPHIC NOVEL.  First Second (Macmillan), 2014 (English translation).  $17.  Mature Content: PG.  

A little girl wakes up in the middle night and finds her grandmother also unable to sleep.  The girl  convinces her grandmother to talk about her troubles and the grandmother tells her about her life as a little girl in France during World War II.  She shares the cruelty of others towards her because she was a Jew, the terror of the raids, and then her frantic flight to safety in the French countryside.  

Though the story is written about a little girl and in a format that would appeal to younger readers, I would suggest that this is best for 6th grade and above.  It might be good supplemental material for a Holocaust unit, because it does evoke the confusion of a child over the war.  When it comes to a high school level graphic novel about the Holocaust, however, I still recommend Maus - the original graphic novel.

MS - OPTIONAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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