A not-to-be-missed, inspirational book about courage, heart, and the necessity of caring for others.

An unlikely hero saved the lives of hundreds of children during the Holocaust.

Stelson describes how Jewish Czech children were saved via the Kindertransport during World War II. Beginning in 1938, they were taken via train from their hometown, Prague, to England, where they lived with foster families for several years while war raged in continental Europe. After the war, they returned home to learn most of their parents had perished. Many years later, they also discovered, for the first time, the identity of the self-effacing man who had literally set the wheels in motion by organizing the transports and securing necessary documents, allowing them—a total of 669 children—to leave their war-ravaged country and Nazi brutality behind so that they might live. His name? Nicholas “Nicky” Winton, an Englishman working in Prague in the late ’30s and one of many whose contributions made the Kindertransport possible. Decades later, he was honored by the Czech president and knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to humanity. This searing account is all the more heart-rending because it is collectively narrated by the young people saved by Winton, delivered in the innocent, matter-of-fact voice of a child. The illustrations, rendered in acrylic, colored pencil, and collage, are powerfully poignant and have childlike appeal, capturing readers’ sympathetic attention. A backmatter feature, “Winton’s Children,” notes that five depicted children represent actual young people saved by Winton, who is himself portrayed. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

A not-to-be-missed, inspirational book about courage, heart, and the necessity of caring for others. (timeline, more information about the Kindertransport, information on the Yad Vashem’s Children’s Memorial, photos, author’s note, illustrator’s note, source notes, bibliography, further reading) (Informational picture book. 7-11)

Pub Date: Feb. 7, 2023

ISBN: 978-1-5415-9868-3

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Carolrhoda

Review Posted Online: Oct. 25, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2022



Despite some bright spots, the lapses in information limit this book’s effectiveness.

Celebrations the world over involve parades, foods, traditional clothing, masks, songs, and games.

Information on 14 festivals, country maps, small photos, sidebars with holiday traditions (in the appropriate language, with pronunciations), and instructions for a craft or a recipe make up the jam-packed left-hand page of each spread. Colorful, detailed cartoon illustrations appear opposite. There are certainly interesting facts and activities, but careless errors (including a typo to be corrected in the second printing) and a decided slant toward Western Europe (five countries) diminish the volume’s value. Opening with a monthly timeline, it offers a basic explanation of the lunar calendar, but this is not integrated into the overall schematic. This spread also includes a note about adult help for crafting and cooking. Many of the holidays are commonly celebrated in many places, and the author’s failure to point out that Eid al-Fitr, for instance, is celebrated around the globe and not just in Egypt is a sad, missed opportunity. A few festivals are not often presented in books of this ilk, such as Bhutan’s Dangpai Losar (New Year) and Laternenfest, held on St. Martin’s Day in Germany. The last spread brings children from the different countries together and asks readers to create their own celebrations. Sadly, given the glancing notice necessitated by the format, there are no further resources included.

Despite some bright spots, the lapses in information limit this book’s effectiveness. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-10)

Pub Date: March 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-4549-3213-0

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Sterling

Review Posted Online: Dec. 21, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2019


From the Earth's Incredible Places series

A fact-filled exploration of one of the country’s most important natural wonders.

Come explore the history and attractions of the world’s first national park.

Yellowstone National Park, the enormous Rocky Mountain area of wilderness that covers nearly 3,500 square miles, is examined from a variety of angles in this deeply informative book. Starting by describing the scale of a park that sits in three U.S. states (Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho), this installment in the Earth’s Incredible Places series goes on to chart the history of the park; its natural attractions, such as a supervolcano, geysers, and waterfalls; and the many types of animals living there. While it was established in 1872 as a national park, the history of the land goes back much further, and the book describes in detail the many Indigenous tribes that visited the land before and after the arrival of European explorers. Ard also discusses what the park is like today with its more than 800 employees and many sights and activities for modern visitors. Illustrations throughout evoke the park’s natural beauty as well as the liveliness of its inhabitants and visitors, making it a place any reader will likely want to someday visit. People depicted are racially diverse.

A fact-filled exploration of one of the country’s most important natural wonders. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-11)

Pub Date: April 4, 2023

ISBN: 9781838748562

Page Count: 80

Publisher: Flying Eye Books

Review Posted Online: Feb. 7, 2023

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2023

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