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The Champion of Children by Tomasz Bogacki
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Mar 13, 2010

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I totally agree with Heidi Estrin, the reviewer of this book for the School Library Journal. As posted on Amazon.com:

Grade 4–7--Korczak was a doctor, writer, and advocate for children's rights in pre-World War II Poland. He ran an orphanage for Jewish children and acted as a beloved father figure right up until he and the children perished together in Treblinka. Bogacki's picture-book biography is heartfelt and well researched. However, it seems overwhelmed by its own subject, as the author condenses the details of Korczak's upbringing and the context of the Holocaust into a backdrop for the story of the orphanage. As a result, Korczak doesn't come across as the fascinating man he was, and the book is a bit confusing. Bogacki's childlike illustrations seem wrong for the dark subject matter and dark scenes, particularly since most children don't learn about the Holocaust until fifth grade, and these pictures seem too young for that audience.--Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
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I wish to thank Estrin for articulating what I thought: Bogacki's text is too dense for an adult reader (me) to go through it (a children's book) as easily as I expected. The illustrations are beautiful, though.

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