Title: Why is Great-Grandma So Sad?
Author: Susan Heagy
Publisher: Yattir Publishing
“Come sit with me and I will tell you how brave Great-Grandma was! It is because of her that you and I are here today,” Sarah is told in Susan Heagy’s children’s book, Why is Great-Grandma So Sad? Discovering the Holocaust Through the Eyes of a Child.
~ What ~
This seventy-two-page paperback targets seven to fourteen-year-old children who want to learn more about the Holocaust. With topics of starvation, abuse, and death, it would not be appropriate for immature readers. After endorsements, a preface, and acknowledgments, there are six story chapters, ending with a timeline, glossary, and Holocaust Survivors’ biographies. Colored pencil and ink drawings cover almost every page with seven colored photographs of Holocaust Survivors included at the end of the book.
In this fictional tale, young Sarah asks her mother why her great-grandmother is sad, and her mother spends the time explaining how the old Jewish woman had to do all she could to survive the Holocaust. Discussed are how the great-grandma was forced to move to the ghetto, snuck out to steal food, took a train ride to a concentration camp, hid in a barrack for two years, and was liberated years later as the family’s only survivor.
~ Why ~
Passing down the horrors of the Holocaust is important and vital in a free society today. I like how this story for children was told through the eyes of a parent explaining the Holocaust to a seven-year-old about her grandmother’s experiences from seven to ten years old.
~ Why Not ~
While the topic of the Holocaust involves heinous crimes and torturous situations that many lived and died experiencing, the book may not be geared for the sensitive, immature child who may have negative responses or nightmares from hearing about such a drastic time in world history.
~ Who ~
Heagy is the founder and president of Abundant Hope International, a non-profit organization that assists Holocaust Survivors in Israel. No information is given on the illustrator.
~ Wish ~
Including biographies of the author and illustrator of the book would be helpful.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a short story book that focuses on the Holocaust through the eyes of a young Jewish girl to remind young ones of a tragic time in history, this is a quick read that may leave sad but lasting impressions.
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