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Hana's Suitcase by Karen Levine
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Nov 07, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: informational-books-biographies

My heart was stirring with emotions as I read this story of Hana. I couldn't help, but cry numerous times throughout the story. The book begins with a director of a Children's Center devotion to teach those in Japan about the Holocaust. She wants to teach children about the inequality and injustice occurred during this time and how they could learn from this historical time. As her mission begins she works countless hours trying to get actual artifacts into her museum. Finally she received some small items from around the world including a suitcase. Although the suitcase is empty on the outside written in paint is a girl's name, date of birth, and the word "orphan" written in German. The director and group of children called "Small Wings" were determined to find out more. With this they devote their time to finding out more about this girl. Throughout the story, we are taken back to the story of this little girl named Hana Brady, as well as hear about the journey to finding out about her presently in Japan.

This is an unbelievably touching and heartbreaking story of how the Holocaust has torn apart Hana's family, but ultimately brought back together through the suitcase founded in Japan. I absolutely loved how we learn about Hana piece by piece throughout the story and are able to hear her story. In addition, there are photographs throughout the book that pull us in and connect us to everything that is occurring. It is definitely a story to share with classrooms mature enough to understand the Holocaust and learn the history of how it affected families throughout the world in the past and in the present.
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(NS) Lauren Your review really captures the emotional pull of this book. It seems like a meaningful way to connect students to an important part of our world's history.

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