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Ten-year-old Sorale discovers a tiny heart-shaped book among her mother's belongings. Its pages are shaped like four-petaled flowers, upon which are written words in languages Sorale does not understand. Who wrote these words? Where did the heart come from? Why has her mother never mentioned this tiny book before?

Fania's Heart reveals the story of the crafting of the heart
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Published April 18th 2018 by Second Story Press
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Laura
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow.

I thought I had read enough of Nazis and concentration camps. Does the world need one more book about it, including a picture book.

Yes, they do. This picture book is the story of a real woman who lived and survived Auschwitz, and on her 20th birthday received the little heart birthday card shown in these pictures below.




It is always important, to repeat stories that we don't want to happen again. Each new generation needs to hear of what happened in the past, as the last of the survivors die
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Barbra
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This picture book format story tells the true tale of a young girl imprisoned in Auschwitz. So that we may never forget the terrors of war, we follow her as she struggles each day to survive. Forced to do assembly line work as they built weapons, the young girls treasured each other the most. With brave spirits they risked their life to make a small paper heart as a gift to a friend.
Mel (Epic Reading)
This is such a small book. One with only a few pages and no one page is filled with words. And yet it is filled with so much emotion; from sadness and despair to hope and freedom.

I read the main story and wondered to myself two things:

1) How could I ever read this bittersweet story to a child? And at what age would I be okay reading it to them?

2) Is it truly possible that this tiny heart was created in a concentration camp?

While I still perhaps unsure of the answer to the first item, the ans
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Storywraps
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This bittersweet book is a true story.

Sorale, a ten-year-old girl is rummaging through her mother's bedroom drawers and stumbles upon a very curious object. She gently picks it up and realizes it is a tiny heart-shaped book. When she opens it she finds the pages unfold like petals on a flower. Inscribed on each page are handwritten words of different languages that she is unable to read or decifier.

She's never seen this little book before and she wonders why her mother has never shown it to he
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Sabrina Fox
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Words have power.
There are words that injure and words that heal.
Then there are words that can save your life."

An unnamed 9 year old girl finds a tiny heart-shaped book in her mother's dresser. Thus begins the tale of her mother Fania, who was in Auschwitz during the war.
She spins a tale of sadness and heartbreak, and of a broken spirit in a broken time. She tells of how she focused on the good even amidst all of the bad.

FANIA'S HEART should be read by or to children everywhere early on in the
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Alex (not a dude) Baugh
Back in 2015, I reviewed a book for teens called Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott. A novel in verse, it told the story of two young Polish women, Zlaka and Fania, who were slave laborers in Auschwitz in 1944. At the center of the novel is a small heart, crafted by Zlatka for Fania's 20th birthday, and signed by all of the 19 girls that Fania worked with.

Now, this inspiring story has been is retold in a picture book for older readers by Anne Renaud. Fania had survived Auschwitz, and traveled to Canada
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Daphne Amster
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fania’s Heart by author Anne Renaud tells the true story of how a daughter finds out about her mother's secret past, with the horrors of war forever tattooed on her arm, her mind and her heart. Through flashbacks and dialogue between a mother and her child, Anne Renaud explains how young Jewish girls like Fania were enslaved in work camps to produce the very weapons the Nazis intended to use to kill the Jewish people.

By a small miracle and with incredible courage, a small heart shaped book fille
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Barbara
When Sorale, a ten-year-old girl, finds a tiny heart-shaped book among her mother's possessions, the story behind this treasured object shocks her. Based on the real-life experience of Fania Landau Fainer, who survived the Auschwitz concentration camp, this picture book tells yet another important story from the Holocaust. As much as I've read about that time period and those horrible events, I had never heard this story before and was quite moved by it as Fania explains the significance of the ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Fania’s Heart by Anne Renaud, illustrated by Richard Rudnicki. PICTURE BOOK. Second Story Press, 2018. $19. 978177260575

EL, MS – ADVISABLE.

Sorale finds a tiny book shaped like a heart hidden in her mother’s drawer. Her mother tells her finally about her time in Auschwitz and the women who made the heart for her as a birthday gift in that hateful place. Based on the true story of Fania and the heart book she managed to hide and take with her when she was finally liberated.

Writing this as a pict
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Larissa Lio
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fania's Heart is a short story but it has so much meat to it. An image book telling the story of a young girl who finds a small book in her mothers belongings. Her mother goes onto tell her how it was a gift from friends when she was held in a Nazi concentration camp. the story is unbelievably moving and i truly hope more people are able to read it.
Jacinthe
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Once a while, my kids ask about how it was many years ago. I try to explain to the that the reality was much different, beyond conception. This book shows how it was in those years, for many people. It is very well written. Thumbs up!
Aliza Werner
One incredible act of love and sacrifice to celebrate Fania's 20th birthday while imprisoned at Auschwitz. Based on the true story with accompanying back matter including photographs. A testament to the strength and resilience of women living in their darkest hours.
Cait
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, history
This is such a moving story. Everyone should read this - not just kids.
Emily
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Fania’s Heart” was amazing and every person should read it.
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Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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Fania’s Heart by Anne Renaud and Richard Rudnicki is another beautiful offering from Second Story Press. A story inspired by Fania Landau Fainer, a Jewish prisoner imprisoned at Auschwitz during the Second World War. Her heart is a card, crafted meticulously and at great risk by her fellow prisoners, for her 20th birthday. Filled with nineteen birthday messages in several different languages, the heart is one of only a very few objects to have survived that was created by the prisoners. The hear ...more
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Anne Renaud is a life-long Quebecker. She received her Bachelor of Translation from Concordia University in Montreal. Anne is the author of several picture books, as well as historical non-fiction books for children, including, A Bloom of Friendship: The Story of the Canadian Tulip Festival, Island of Hope and Sorrow: The Story of Grosse Île, Pier 21: Stories from Near and Far, and Into the Mist: ...more
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