One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II
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One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II

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Based on a true events, this inspiring picture book tells the story of an American family who establishes contact with a German family after World War ii and sends them a package of much-needed supplies, including shoes. Full color.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Disney-Hyperion
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Lisa Vegan
Feb 26, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
If not for the photos, etc. I might have put this book on my historical fiction shelf, but I think the account is sufficiently accurate to have it belong on my non-fiction shelf. The author-illustrator dedicated this book to her mother and grandmother, which is fitting. Judge found a box of foot tracings and correspondence while cleaning out her grandmother’s attic. Her mother then told her their background. Her mother was a young girl in the years after WWII. Her grandparents were scientists an...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Wonderful, based-on-truth story about a girl and her family who send much-needed items to people in post-World War II Europe. I like the way the author included collages of the actual letters, photos, and foot tracings in the endpapers, and her explanatory note at the end. Combine it with Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming and Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot by Margot Theis Raven for a lesson on post-World War II European life. Highly recommended!
After WWII the author's grandparents sent a "Care Package" to friends in Germany. The German friends sent them names of many others who were suffering from lack of food and clothing, especially shoes. They sent tracings of their feet. While this farm family was just scraping by themselves, they found that used shoes still were welcomed by the German strangers whom they helped. Eventually, with the help of others who had no more money than they did, they helped a thousand people to get by until t...more
Jane Addams Children's Book Award Honor Book/ The Jane Addams Book Award is a lesser-known award, although it has been presented annually since 1953 by the Women's International league for Peace and Freedom and the Jane Addams Peace Association. Criteria include a child audience ages 2 through 12, fiction, poetry or nonfiction and a theme that promotes social justice, diversity and compassion.
One Thousand Tracings meets the above criteria AND answers the Jane Addams question: How can young peo...more
Karen Witzler
This is a book about a group of people who collected shoes for needy German and Austrian families after World War II. The illustrations are lovely and a kind young American girl tells the story of the tracings which represent the unshod feet of post-war Europeans. Letters flow back and forth between families. This is a fine tale for an historical read-aloud for this period, but the author's note at the end reveals that many of the families to whom the shoes were delivered were active participant...more
Lita Judge's grandparents, Fran and Frederick Hamerstrom, sent relief to people suffering the aftermath of World War II. Using their network of American Ornithologists, they asked fellow scientists to help by sending care packages to more than three thousand people in Europe.

One of the greatest needs was shoes. People overseas would send tracings of their feet to help insure shoes that would fit would be sent to them. While cleaning out her grandparents' attic, Lita found foot tracings of every...more
April Helms
Jun 19, 2008 April Helms rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all ages
One word: "Wonderful!" The author takes the memories of her own mother and grandmother to shape this illustrated tale of how everyday Americans helped those in Europe recover after World War II. It was an interesting and moving history lesson (I had never heard this side of the story, especially about the foot tracings those in Europe would send so they could get better, used shoes sent to them). Judge has even incoprorated the letters and pictures sent to her family during that time by those re...more
Margo Martin
Lita Judge tells the heartwarming story of an American family who made a meaningful difference in the life of many Germany families after World War II. Judge was cleaning out her grandmother’s attic when she found evidence of her grandmother’s efforts in helping German families in need, and finds pictures that illustrate this phenomenon. After receiving a letter from a Germany family who wrote they to tell they are starving and suffering from the consequences of the war, the author’s grandmother...more
Sarah Foote
A historic picture book told through the experience of a young girl. The girl is actually the author’s mother. The book takes place after WWII. the girls mother has a close friend in Germany and learns of their suffering and need. She send a care package and in return receives many tracings of feet. The feet depict the shoe size people are in need of. The little girl and her mother ask other American to help and soon people are doing what they can to assist. the mother is even translating lette...more
Lita Judge tells the story of an American family who made a meaningful difference in the lives of many Germany families after World War II. Judge was cleaning out her grandmother’s attic when she found evidence of her grandmother’s efforts in helping German families in need, and finds pictures that illustrate this phenomenon. After receiving a letter from a German family who wrote to tell they are starving and suffering from the consequences of the war, the author’s grandmother mails the family...more
Kasey O'brien
One Thousand Tracings is a book set in World War II era America. A little girl and her mother start a correspondence with a family living in Nazi Germany. The family writes letters to them, telling them about the struggles they are facing as food and supplies become scarce with the progression of the war. The girl and her mother send supplies to the family, but the family writes back saying they are not the ones who need help. Enclosed in that letter are hundreds of tracings of the feet of Germa...more
Eloise Davis
This book is about a family living after WWII. It starts out telling the reader that the father is gone for war but he soon returns. But that year around Christmas they get a letter from some friends in Germany explaining their situation in Germany. They do not have very much so the family decides to send a big care package so the family will have something to have during Christmas. After Christmas passed they got another letter from the family explaining how amazing it was to get the package an...more
Andrea Wickenhagen
“Having found a dusty old box while cleaning out my grandmothers attic. Inside were hundreds of aged, yellow envelops from all over Europe containing foot tracings of every size. My grandmother never spoke of this mystery. But when my mother saw the box, the memories crept back” (Judge). The treasures found in the attic and heartfelt story Lita’s mother told remembering their meaning, inspired Lita Judge to write this tribute to her grandparents. Staring back in 1946 many American men returned h...more
Jordan Davis
This story is beautifully written. This story takes place during World War II. A young girl and her mother start receiving letters from their German friends. The family, Kramers, are starving have no shoes and tell them how sad of a Christmas most families will be having in Europe. Mother and daughter send shoes and the Kramer's were very thankful, but said they should help other families. Eventually they were receiving letters from tons of people asking for help. The America Family talked to ot...more
Mary Westlake
I love reading and learning about things in the era of WWII. This story describes the heartbreak one family encountered when they realized how many families, just like them, were battling a whole other battle after WWII. Facing poverty, starvation and freezing to death, families in Germany often had to go without proper clothing, shoes or food. To combat this problem, this American family took it as their personal mission to help as many of the unfortunate families as they could. Receiving paper...more
In the months and years after the end of World War II, many people in Germany struggled to meet their families' needs. Shoes were a necessity and yet, a luxury, as many people simply could not afford them. This book tells the amazing true story of an American family and their friends who supplied the needed shoes to over one thousand people in Germany.

It began when the American family sent wool socks, sweaters, a coat, and food to a family in Germany who were friends of theirs, the Kramers. The...more
Oct 04, 2008 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
This book was amazing. It brought to light an aspect of WW2 that had never caught my attention: the aide(relief effort) to Germans from Americans after the war had ended.

It says that the reason the author wrote this book is because she found 100's of foot tracings in a box in her grandmother's attic.

Her grandmother had been involved in the relief effort for people in Europe who had lost everything. The people sent their foot tracings, so people could send shoes. They also sent other much needed...more
One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II is a gloriously illustrated true story of one family's determination and committment to help German families whose lives were torn apart during WWII. Through letters, Lita Judge's grandparents corresponded with these families and assembled the goods that would make lives easier after everything was lost. German families traced their footprints and Judge's family made sure each got new or gently used shoes to make the winters a little warm...more
Moira says "I liked this book because a child who didn't know other kids helped them, which was kind of them."
I wasn't as drawn to this book. The way it's structured seemed clunky to me. I did like that it is a real story about someone doing something small (at first) to help others.
Summary: This book takes place takes place in 1946 after the war in Germany was over. Many people were left without food, clothes or shoes. One family worked to change that. They started by helping their friends, and sending them care packages. As time goes on, they help 1000s of people get shoes by using paper tracings of their feet for sizing. Through this book, students learn about how they can make a difference in the world.

Opinion: I liked this book because it didn't focus on the war. It wa...more
Kelly Tannhauser
This story takes place during the aftermath of WWII. An american mother and daughter send packages of food , clothing and shoes to friends in Germany. Them sending packages first began when they received a letter from a friend in Germany saying that they had no food and that they were hungry. After the beginning they started receiving letters from all over Europe. Their big mission was trying to find shoes for the people because they had so many requests for shoes. This is a great book because i...more
Jillian Heise
With illustrations and photos of real artifacts, the story of one family's work to help send shoes and supplies to Europeans after the end of WWII is emotionally told through short passages of what happened at various times over the course of two years.
This book is based on a true story of Lita Judge’s mother, who,
with Judge’s grandmother, sent care packages to needy families all over Europe after World War II. They ended up involving their entire community and helped thousands of families who had lost everything during the war. I do like reading stories like this—I’m a sucker for heartwarming things—but I did feel there was a layer missing from this story, and that layer was some explanation of how they were able to move past their own loyal...more
Luann Kern
Touching story of an American family's efforts to send shoes and other supplies to German friends after WWII. Gorgeous illustrations married with photographs and newspaper tracings of footprints. A good companion to Boxes for Katje.
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Lita Judge's beautiful watercolors bring this story of her family's charitable actions after WWII to life. After finding a box of family mementoes, Judge uses the paper tracings of German feet to tell the story of her grandparents' efforts to fulfill the requests of impoverished Germans for shoes, clothes and food after the war. However, it is just a snapshot of WWII, and any parents or teachers sharing this book with young children need to expect many questions as this book doesn't given any ba...more
I really loved this book! I thought by far it was a wonderful story. The storyline was great, but then also sad at the same time in parts. All of the pictures were good too. I found this book to be very touching and it makes people really look and realize how thankful we should be everyday for what we have. I loved how They were kind enough and showed how much they care by sending a number of of different items to help many families who were in need. It was really sad how many families were stru...more
True story of helping out refugees and families in Germany after the end of WWII.
See Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot for more American-German relations after the war.
I just reread this picture book, and once again, I find everything about it wonderful. The artwork with the tracings of soles, the language used by the author to tell the story, the fact that the story itself is based on the author/illustrator's family's experiences during WW II, all of these combine to make this a special book indeed. Teachers will surely want to included this title in a text set on war and peace or even one about individuals making a difference since one family and one town ca...more
This book absolutely gives me cold chills every time I read it! It not only speaks of the time after World War II when the people of Germany itself were struggling, but it shows how one person, one family, can make a huge difference in the lives of others. For teaching writing, wow! The author found newspaper footprint tracings in her grandmother's attic and fleshed out the story from there. We can work with students to create their own family stories based just on sketchy facts. That's all most...more
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