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A Boy of Old Prague

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  24 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews

When a young serf is caught stealing, the lord of the manor sentences him to service in the Jewish ghetto, where he discovers unexpected kindness. This tale of tolerance, suitable for 9- to 12-year-olds, features distinctive illustrations by Ben Shahn. Its return to print after 25 years will bewelcomed by teachers and other educators.

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Published May 1st 1980 by Scholastic (first published 1963)
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Julia Brumfield
Feb 13, 2016 Julia Brumfield rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, book
I originally got this book since it reminded me of yet another book that I had read when I was younger but of course it wasn't even close to that book with the exception of Jews and Prague as well as a boy whose world gets flipped while he has to fight to survive in it. And the sad thing is that I wanted to like it but didn't.

The writing first of all is simple and easy to understand so for parents who are alright with the reading of the book since of violence it would make a great bridge book.
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Audrey
Oct 10, 2014 Audrey rated it it was amazing
Excellent children's book that my son was required to read for 7th grade Humanities class. Ish-Kishor does an amazing job at showing the feelings and character of people without revealing their thoughts. It is told completely from the point of view of Tomas who is a sympathetic hero. His troubles come from trying to help his family. His happiness and sorrow/tragedy, as well as maturity, come from his punishment. This book is a great choice for introducing the plight of the Jews through history a ...more
Sue
Dec 05, 2015 Sue rated it liked it
This was a good look at a peasant boy's life in sixteenth century Bohemia, and to get a sense of the very little control over ones life a person had.
Kathie
Mar 04, 2014 Kathie rated it it was amazing
One of my childhood favorites! Would like to find a copy and read again.
Kimbrely
Jul 13, 2010 Kimbrely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to have read aloud books for our trip to Prague and so searched for some nonfiction...found this one..we actually read it before we left and it was a good story..good historical perspective but not a real easy read aloud book in terms of reading flow...
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