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Shelter

Shelter
by Celine Claire and Qin Leng
Kids Can Press
Originally published in France.

Forest animals wake to approaching storm and they race to prepare.  Little Fox worried if all animals are safe. A cold father and son bear approach warm homes, but no one offers help.  But Little Fox comes out and offers them a lamp.  The bears use it to light their handmade shelter of snow.  Then the roof begins to collapse in the foxes’ den and the family scurries out.  When they see the bear’s lantern light, they ask for shelter and are generously squeezed in.  A strong, quiet story rendered in pen and ink and water color.

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Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust

Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust
by Loic Dauvillier, illustrated by Marc Lizano & Greg Salsedo
First Second, 2012
originally published in France
2015 Mildred L. Batcheleder Award, Honor Book
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014
2015 Sydney Taylor Award Winner

A sensitive graphic book for the youngest readers depicting one French, Jewish family’s experience during World War II.  Young Elsa asks her grandmother why she was so sad, and her grandmother shares her story.  She tells of her becoming a ‘family of sheriffs’, which immediately made her an outcast.  One night her family is taken away, but she was left behind in a box.  A neighbor comes and cares for her, until it is too dangerous and she must leave.  A moving story told from the innocent—but learning—perspective of a young girl.

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