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Otto by Tomi Ungerer
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Feb 05, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: picture-books
Read in February, 2011

This is one of those beautiful, sad picture books that really, really isn't. This would be a great book to use with kids in a classroom, not so great a book for your four year old to pull off the shelf and demand you read to them. It's the story of a teddy bear as he goes from German toy workshop, through World War II where he watches his (Jewish) family taken away, to surviving bombings (one upsetting illustration shows dead and wounded soldiers and burning buildings) and going home with an American G.I. In the end he is the means by which two childhood friends are re-united. I loved this story and it made me all weepy; it's a wonderful way to introduce older kids to some of the realities of World War II.
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Rina Yitzhaki Yes indeed. It is a unique story aimed to tell children a very sad and important tale.

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