Friday, May 5, 2017

The Puppet Boy of Warsaw

22058234By: Eva Weaver
Location: FIC WEA
Genre: WWII Holocaust and Puppets

Even in the darkest days there is hope.....

I was TOLD to buy this book by Jaz. This is what she said..

"It is soooo good....
Everythig...
I cried.....
I love this book so much..... "

I was twelve when the coat was made. Nathan, our tailor and dear friend, cut it for Grandfather in the first week of March 1938. It was the last week of freedom for Warsaw and for us...

Even in the most difficult of lives, there is hope. And sometimes that hope comes in the form of a small boy, armed with a troupe of puppets - a prince, a girl, a fool, a crocodile with half-painted teeth....

When Mika's grandfather dies in the Warsaw ghetto, he inherits not only his great coat, but its treasure trove of secrets. In one remote pocket, he finds a papier mache head, a scrap of cloth...the prince. And what better way to cheer the cousin who has lost her father, the little boy who his ill, the neighbours living in one cramped room, than a puppet show? Soon the whole ghetto is talking about the puppet boy - until the day when Mika is stopped by a German officer and is forced into a secret life...

This is a story about survival. It is an epic journey, spanning continents and generations, from Warsaw to the gulags of Siberia, and two lives that intertwine amid the chaos of war. Because even in wartime, there is hope...


"One of the best books chronicling the horrors of WW2 that I have ever read" Heather. 

"I often remember what the poet Leopold Staff said" More than bread, now we need poetry, in these times when we do not need it at all ... ".
 


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