I Survived the Nazi Invasion of 1944 by Lauren Tarshis

Another Netgalley gift and a very quick read, and yet what a great way to introduce the Holocaust and WWII to a younger audience.  Growing up in Denmark, we knew about WWII and the atrocities  from a very young age, I think that happens naturally when your country was occupied for 5 years and your grandfather fought in the war.  But here, in the US, there seems to be a hesitancy to discuss this historical period with elementary students.  I get it, it is a devastating time in history, and yet my students naturally gravitate toward it.  This book then serves as a great starting point for discussion and a small background for a student as they start to delve into the period.  Easy to read with accessible language, I would recommend this book and in fact the whole series for 3rd grade and up.

From Goodreads: 

In one of the darkest periods in history, one boy struggles to survive…

In this gripping new addition to the bestselling I SURVIVED series, a young Jewish boy escapes the ghetto and finds a group of resistance fighters in the forests of Poland. Does he have what it takes to survive the Nazis — and fight back?


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