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Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust

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In this gentle, poetic young graphic novel, Dounia, a grandmother, tells her granddaughter the story even her son has never heard: how, as a young Jewish girl in Paris, she was hidden away from the Nazis by a series of neighbors and friends who risked their lives to keep her alive when her parents had been taken to concentration camps.

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Hardcover, 80 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by First Second (first published 2012)
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Lola
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A graphic novel every kid and adult should read.

A grandmother is telling her granddaughter the story of how WWII affected her family--how she lost both of her parents to the war and its racist and unhumane anti-Jews rules and was left to be cared for by neighbors.

It is true that very few had the chance to escape the camps, but this child did. Except, she did not escape death intact--she lost the two people she cared most in her life.

Now she must pretend she isn't Jewish... Must answer to a new n
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First Second Books
Apr 01, 2014 marked it as first-second-publications
'A book about the Holocaust for kids as young as six!' you may say. 'That's just nuts!'

But, here's the thing: kids need to know about the Holocaust -- even small kids. They don't need to know about gas chambers and torture, but telling them 'this important but terrible thing happened' is really important.

And since most adults don't spend a lot of their time talking to six year-olds about the Holocaust (or about 9/11, or about any other difficult-but-important historical occurrences), it can be r
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Kelli
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
A powerful graphic novel about the Holocaust that my nine-year-old borrowed from the library unbeknownst to me. Both my children have learned about the Holocaust in school and both have seen History Detectives on PBS. Nonetheless, the questions began in the car on the way home as she was reading, so this book opened up an important and ongoing dialogue with my children about the dangerous combination of ignorance and fear and about the importance of speaking up. I read this later and found it to ...more
Mike
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In the age of data and accountability, text characteristics in a digestible progression, class time is for practicing reading skills in a book from the bin with your letter. Now, after you’ve practiced from your leveled text at home for a half hour, of course you can read one of those books from the “just for fun” bin.

When graphic novels are classified “just for fun,” kids get the message loud and clear: Warning: Contains No Educational Value. Kids get it. I harmlessly asked Jake what he was re
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David Schaafsma
A tween/children's graphic historical novel by French team Dauvillier and Lizano where a grandmother tells her granddaughter, Dounia, of her experiences as a Jewish girl hidden in a closet in Vichy Paris in 1942, sheltered by neighbors as her family is captured and sent to a camp. Doesn't add to much to what we know, but it's great introduction to the topic of the Holocaust, an inspiration to kids about doing the right thing in the face of racism and injustice, and beautiful drawn by Lizano with ...more
Raina
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Don't be deceived by the cover - this is a "Juvenile Graphic Novel," not a "Picture Book." Pretty good one, too.

A modern-day little girl wakes up to find her grandmother awake in the middle of the night. The grandmother tells her granddaughter the story about her early life during the Holocaust. The story involves being separated from her parents, hiding in small spaces for hours and hours, and living with strangers. Considering the horrors of the time, it's a relatively gentle tale, and made m
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Kiera
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great book.
I picked this up just as a fun book to boost up my book count but wow. That was amazing.
I really recommend picking this one up. I will definitely be buying this for my personal library.
Five Stars!
Gieliza
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

Hidden tells the story of Dounia when she was a young girl during the Holocaust. This is meant for young readers so both the art and story is simple to follow. Sometimes the simplest of stories pack the hardest emotional punch and this was the case with Hidden. Dounia's confusion and fear were vividly conveyed and I felt so much for this little girl who was segregated from her peers then separated from her parents because of the war. The ending was both heartbreaking and hopeful. While t
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Ann
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This is one giant step for graphic novels for middle grade readers. This remarkable book, originally published in France, is at first poetic and intriguing, but then it begins to expand in ways that make it one of the finest Holocaust stories for children that I've read in a long time. Living in Paris, young Dounia thinks it's fun at first when her father announces that the family will pretend to be sheriffs and all wear gold stars on their chests. School smacks her in the face with reality ...more
Karissa
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
My 10 year old son picked this graphic novel up at the library and wanted me to read it so we could discuss. This is a very well done recounting of the Holocaust from a child’s POV. I was impressed with how well the feel of the era was portrayed while keeping things at a level that children will understand.

As a parent some of the scenes in this were especially touching. Watching as Dounia’s parents tried to make wearing the Star of David a “fun” thing for their daughter and make her feel special
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Nicola Mansfield
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Splendid story of the plight of Jews in Nazi-occupied France. A grandmother tells her granddaughter her story of the holocaust and how she was taken care of by a French family when her parents were carted off to a concentration camp one night. A beautiful, moving story that manages to tell the heartbreak and tragedy from a young child's perspective. The child is not told much of what is really going on, just enough to know the danger and that something very bad is happening. The adults are tryin ...more
vanessa
A good graphic novel introduction to the Holocaust. We see the point of view of a grandmother telling her grandchild her experiences as a young Jewish girl in France, including witnessing her parents be sent to concentration camps, having to hide with neighbors and other good samaritans from the Nazis, and then reuniting with her mother. The illustrations show what's happening with subtlety and sensitivity. It could lead to important discussions about the Holocaust for children.
Molly
First Second books always does beautiful work with their translations. A very well told, somewhat gentle introduction to the Holocaust - not too scary for kids, but still honest.
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
When Elsa, 6, discovers her grandmother, Dounia Cohen, crying one night, the little girl convinces her to talk about what's causing her tears. And so, her grandma begins telling her about her own life when she was Elsa's age living in Paris.

Her best friend was Catherine and they both had a crush on Isaac, and all three went to the same school. One day, when Dounia came home from school, her father was already there. He told Dounia there were to become a family of sheriffs and soon a yellow star
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Charles
Stuff I Read - Hidden: A Children's Story of the Holocaust Review

I remember learning about the Holocaust in Middle School. It was probably seventh or eighth grade when I learned all about it and went to the museum in DC and that sort of thing. I remember a bit earlier than that reading Night and Maus and having a sort-of understanding about what had happened. But not until around Middle School. I mention that because Hidden is a book geared at children as young as eight or nine. It's a very simp
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Jennifer Bacall
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust, masterfully introduces young readers to both the gut-wrenching horror, and the triumph of human spirit that one girl experienced in Paris in June of 1940.

The book begins with a contemporary child sleeping in a contemporary bedroom. The technique is a fabulous tool to attract reluctant readers with familiarity. Restless, the girl seeks her grandmother’s solace and her Grandma chooses to share with her the most meaningful piece of her personal history.

Gran
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Pamela
A quietly powerful graphic novel for younger ones about the Holocaust. Dauvillier tells Dounia's story in simple language that young ones can comprehend and allows the graphics to speak for themselves. Often, impact in graphic novels comes from a few wordless spreads, because it's then that the artist can truly shine. Here, the graphics and words mingle seamlessly to tell the story of a young Jewish girl living in the Nazi occupation of France.

Check out my full review of this on my blog.
Jennifer
Wonderful, clear, touching telling of a grandmother finally telling the story of her experiences as a Jewish girl during World War II to her granddaughter.
Stacey Shapiro
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Don't mind me, just crying over this beautiful comic.
Stefanie Kellum
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Excellent graphic interpretation of the Holocaust from a child's perspective. I'll definitely be purchasing this for my library.

*I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley.
CarrieBeth Garrett
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my heart ached to read this book. A beautiful and gentle introduction for children into a horrific part of history.
Jessica
"Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust" was one of the 2015 Batchelder Award Honor books. Translated from French, this touching graphic novel tells the story of Dounia Cohen, a grandmother who finally shares her experiences during the Holocaust with her granddaughter, Elsa. Dounia recounts her memories of being a Jewish child living in Paris in 1942 and the many kind people who helped to keep her hidden and alive.

Author Loic Dauvillier and illustrator Marc Lizano beautifully capture the pers
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Stacey Giglio
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Emily Hernandez
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Graphic Novel Entry #1

Genre- The book Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocast is a historical fiction. Historical fiction is a fictional story that takes place in a particular time in the past. The setting is usually real, but the characters are made up. This book is an intermediate level book and is good for third-sixth grade.

Text-to-Self- It was very hard to make a text-to-self connection, because I felt like most things I could connect this to in my life would make light of the Holocaust. Th
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Curt
Jun 14, 2018 added it
Shelves: multicultural
Alternative book report: The US President has learned that you've read this book and wants
to know one thing a main character discovered about life that you
think all Americans should know. What would you tell him? Why?

Dounia learns the adults who lie to her only did so to protect her. She also learned that when they lied, there was something bigger behind it. This is important, because adults try to protect children all the time. This form of protection is harmless, in a sense, but is it effect
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Vicki
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was deeply impacted by this story of a grandmother describing to her grandchild her experience being Jewish in France in the 1940s. Not every question is answered about what happens to her family members, and I think this is a powerful reminder for adults how utterly baffling and traumatic family upheaval is to young people who do not have the skills yet to process often what is happening around them.
The artwork is unique, featuring some gritty precision and larger-than-average body parts, emp
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John
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A really beautifully illustrated and written memoir of a Jewish child growing up in Vichy France, also about the French Resistance. This book doesn't get too deep into the gruesome horror of the holocaust, but I don't think it is inaccurate either. As the title says, much of what was happening at the time, from the perspective of the main character would be simplified and difficult to understand. I particularly like how this presents the victims of the Nazis and their collaborators as more than ...more
Elizabeth
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hidden was on display in the juvenile section, and I just had to grab it! Graphic novels are my go to lately, and then combining that with a holocaust story being told by a grandmother to her granddaughter who just woke up from a bad dream... it just sounded so good. And it was! It warmed my heart from the start just knowing that the granddaughter was able to hear her Dounia's story first. Not even her own dad heard the story because that was a part of Dounia's life that she wanted to forget and ...more
Natalie
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This wasn't the most impactful book I've read regarding the Holocaust, but then again this is technically a graphic novel for children. It's mild enough that they will not be devastated upon reading but not so watered down that they would think nothing of it. I plan to read it to/with my eight-year-old and see her reaction and get her opinions.

4 Stars
P.S. Winn
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great, Illustrated story of Dounia, now a grandmother, telling her story even to her granddaughter. Dounia was a Jewish girl in Paris. She had to be hidden from the Nazis by people who risked their own lives to help her.
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