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Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport

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This important book tells the story of how ten thousand Jewish children were rescued out of Nazi Europe just before the outbreak of World War 2. They were saved by the Kindertransport — a rescue mission that transported the children (or Kinder) from Nazi-ruled countries to safety in Britain.

The book includes real-life accounts of the children and is illustrated with archiv
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Tundra Books
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Rescuing the Children by Deborah HodgeInto the Arms of Strangers by Mark Jonathan HarrisKindertransport by Olga Levy DruckerThe Children of Willesden Lane. Beyond the Kindertransport by Mona GolabekMy Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve
1st out of 56 books — 4 voters
Lusia's Long Journey Home by Lucy LipinerMy German Question by Peter GayBread or Death by Milton Mendel KleinbergKindertransport by Olga Levy DruckerInto the Arms of Strangers by Mark Jonathan Harris
Holocaust Escapees
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It's emotional to read a story about hundreds of husbands and wives who knew the only way to save their Jewish children was to put them on trains and get them out without them. Known as Kindertransport, men and women, especially those that were Quakers, risked their lives and put their reputations on the line to convince the Nazis to let the children go. Then they exhaustively worked to find them hostels, homes, and orphanages to keep them safe until their hopeful reunion with family.

Sadly many
Linda Lipko
Oct 11, 2012 Linda Lipko rated it it was amazing
I was delighted when I rec'd. word from that I would obtain this book as an Early Review copy. Having read many books about the Kindertransport, it is always interesting to read another that can shed more information and insight into the miraculous rescue of 10,000 Jewish children.

The author did an incredible job on many levels, primarily on bringing the facts and feelings to the story of the Kindertransport. The beauty is in the way in which the author simplistically told the f
Dawn Zachary
Hodge, D. (2012). Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport. New York: Tundra.

Voohoeve, A.C. (2012). My Family for the War. (T. Reichel, Trans.). New York: Dial.

Thousands of children were rescued from Nazi Germany shortly before the war began by kindhearted people who refused to ignore what was happening to the Jews. Rescuing the Children recounts those events as it happened to eight of those children. The book is replete with pictures, drawings and personal accounts that add to th
Jessica Swift
Jun 25, 2013 Jessica Swift rated it liked it
As a librarian I get to read many books and this is one of them. And it should actually be 3.5 stars.

A quick summary. Before Hitler invaded Poland and started WWII, Jewish children were evacuated from Germany to surrounding countries and England. This book highlights some of the stories from the children who were part of that movement.

Overall I enjoyed this book. Probably my favorite aspect is it is a happy tale about a topic in history that can get very depressing. There are its sad moments bu
Tammy M
Jun 24, 2015 Tammy M added it
Shelves: non-fiction
1) Is It Night or Day? Fern Schumer Chapman, 2010

2) I would start by using a K-W-L chart of World War II, I would want to find out what the children knew, what they would want to find out and what they want to learn. I found several texts that would be awesome supporting texts as they tell many true stories of the children who needed to leave their parents to find a home elsewhere, and how it affected them as they grew. Is It Night or Day? Describes the author’s grandmother whose parents felt th
Jun 17, 2014 Kristin added it
Shelves: nonfiction
1. Fiction Twin Text Book: My Family for the War, Author: Anne Voorhoere, Copyright: 2012
2. Rationale: I selected these two books because our 6th graders study Europe and the Holocaust. They have read books like the Diary of Anne Frank, Night, The boy in the Striped Pajamas. The stories of the Kindertransport offer a story of hope that there are people in the world willing to do the right thing. This is a theme that is also addressed with intermediate and middle school aged students.
3. Identify
May 06, 2014 Orly12 rated it it was amazing
Rescuing the Children is a non-fiction book explaining the story of the Kindertransport during the Holocaust. Non-fiction books are always based on real facts or events, and are typically very informative, which include various subjects. Rescuing the Children is a very educational book about how the Kindertransport worked, through the views of many of the "Kinder" (kids), who rode on the Kindertransport more than 70 years ago. It explains how the kids had to go through a process of getting on th ...more
Peggy Dynek
Mar 29, 2014 Peggy Dynek rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction-books
Fiction Twin Text: Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool, @2013.

Rationale: I chose Navigating Early as the twin text to explore the changes World War II brought to America. The main character of the book, Jack Baker, has to attend boarding school in 1940’s America because his father is deployed in the Navy. A fellow student struggles with the loss of his brother in the European theater. The European Jewish children face life-changing events, movement, fear. On a much smaller scale, American child
Lenise Jones
Dec 03, 2014 Lenise Jones rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs642
Hodge, Deborah (2012). Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport Toronto: Tundra Books.
ALA Booklist Star Review Dec 1 2012
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This non-fiction book tells the story of how 10,000 Jewish Children were saved from certain death by the Nazis by transporting them by train, plane and ship to Holland and Britain. The author used the artwork of one of the Kinder survivors and photographs to give great imagery to the readers. If a teacher would like the
Sep 01, 2013 Colleen rated it it was amazing
"...The men and women who organized and ran the Kindertransport were unbelievably brave and tenacious, and thanks to their efforts, thousands of children were relocated to safety before the war really began...Hodge peppers the book with anecdotes about the Kindertransport experience from eight different people who were child refugees through this program...

...The brevity of the book along with the overall tone leads me to believe that Rescuing the Children is really meant for roughly middle-grad
Dec 13, 2015 Steph rated it really liked it
Super fascinating; I'm planning on reading more about the Kindertransport for sure. The book is well done, but something is missing as far as getting kids interested. As an adult I enjoyed it, but I'm not sure a third grader would be sucked in to the story.
Mikayla Lewis
Apr 22, 2014 Mikayla Lewis rated it really liked it
I thought this book was really interesting. I liked that it showed the kids little and as a grownup. I also liked the chapter getting ready and that there was little story's in the book. After all I really liked this book.
Beth Withers
Oct 13, 2012 Beth Withers rated it it was amazing
I read this as a review copy. Excellent book! Written for younger audiences, this book does a wonderful job of telling the story of the Kindertransport, the movement that rescued thousands of Jewish children from the advancing Nazi threat. I especially like how the author has made the information more personal by featuring statements from eight different people. In the end, we even get to see how their lives played out as they grew to adulthood. The pictures are captivating and guaranteed to cap ...more
Jan 12, 2015 Kaela rated it really liked it
Great book to share w. students b/c they are roughly the same age as the children that were sent away from their families to save their lives. I wasn't familiar w. this element of WWII history.
Apr 07, 2013 AnnieM rated it it was amazing
What parent in any time would have the strength to put their child on a train send them to another country to be raised by strangers? Then they had to hope that they would one day meet again.

Hodge tells the known story of the Kindertransport, but uses the stories of the children who rode on the train to really explain what it was like.

Hitler is hopefully a one of a kind evil. History has proven over the centuries he is not.

Listen to the stories of these people and realize what a small bit of ki
Nov 30, 2015 Sandie rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Written for children, it tells the story of Jewish children being rescued from the Germans in WW II. Short, well-written.
Mar 28, 2015 Kanika rated it really liked it
this is a great informing book about the kindertransprt... I highly recommend this book if you would like to learn more about this topic
Ellie Schwartz
Mar 19, 2013 Ellie Schwartz rated it it was amazing
An account of the Kindertransport, a rescue effort, 1938-1940, to bring Jewish children under the age of seventeen to England. The book is detailed, yet appropriate for older children. Profiles of children who were rescued personalize the experience. The author emphasizes that the parents, fearing that they would never see their children again, wanted to give their children the chance of freedom. Includes a glossary, map, timeline, and bibliography. This book should be required reading in any cl ...more
Aug 31, 2015 Ellen rated it liked it
Told through multiple perspectives, enlightening, hopeful
Dec 10, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
I like that this book, which is aimed at a juvenile audience, provided a very personal account of the Holocaust. There were plenty of pictures and primary source accounts of what the children of the kindertransport experienced. There are some great resources listed in the book for some follow up reading and I think teachers presenting a unit on the Holocaust would find this material helpful.
Feb 16, 2014 Jessicadebiasio rated it it was amazing
This book really touched my heart. I really enjoy reading about WWII, and this book was perfect for me. I got a chance to read about the different events that happened and I didn't even know that those events happened. I loved it how they had the people who were part of the kinder transport talk about their experiences. All the paintings made my experience reading the book even better.
Apr 03, 2013 Kari rated it liked it
I liked this book and thought it gave a decent amount of knowledge of the Kindertransport which is something I didn't know a lot about. This book is written for a young adult reader and I think it is perfect for that age. I liked this book because it gave me a quick background and now I can move forward and find more in depth reading on this topic if I would like.
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Mar 28, 2013 Kifflie rated it really liked it
Shelves: youth-nonfiction
The Kindertransport saved thousands of Jewish children from the Nazis. This book is a fine introduction to the subject of the Holocaust for children. There are plenty of pictures, anecdotes from actual survivors, and simple but clear text.

I especially liked the artwork from survivor Hans Jackson.
Melanie Blum
Apr 16, 2013 Melanie Blum rated it really liked it
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Series: NO

Awards: ?

Strengths: Real life testimonials from children, now adults, timeline, artifacts

Concerns: NONE

Any special connections to curriculum or student interests: This book would fit perfect with readings/writing about the Holacaust.
Nov 05, 2013 Ross rated it liked it
This was a very short work of nonfiction. I really liked the personal stories of children taken from Germany during World War II. Those first hand accounts were amazing and extremely heartbreaking. This would be a perfect read for research or for anyone who is interested in World War II.
Oct 09, 2012 Jeffrey rated it liked it
Great use of primary source material including the voices of the rescued children and great photographs but uneven in terms of who the book is for - seemed to be generalizing so as not to be too disturbing and was a little sketchy - couple of quite problematic errors in the glossary
May 03, 2013 Jenny rated it really liked it
This is book is well written for upper elementary/early middle school readers to learn about this topic. I liked how the author focused on several survivors and told their stories in a personal way using their letters and memories. A part of the past we should not forget.
May 19, 2013 Kristenyque rated it liked it
Although it is a children's non-fiction book anyone can learn from this informative but empathetic book. The personal stories make the narrative memorable.
Mar 26, 2015 Tammy rated it really liked it
Great introduction to The Kindertransport. I'm interested in learning more about it! Great bibliography in the back of the book to go from!
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Deborah Hodge is the award-winning author of 25 books for children. She specializes in writing engaging nonfiction for primary aged children. Her most recent title is Up We Grow! A Year in the Life of a Small, Local Farm, a book on sustainable farming and where our food comes from. Her other work includes, The Kids Book of Canada's Railway, winner of the Information Book Award of Canada, and Lily ...more
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