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HIDDEN CHILD by Isaac Millman Kirkus Star


by Isaac Millman & illustrated by Isaac Millman

Age Range: 9 - 12

Pub Date: Sept. 7th, 2005
ISBN: 0-374-33071-9
Publisher: Frances Foster/Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Millman, who lived his first years as Isaac Sztrymfman in Paris, provides a crystal clear, heart-wrenching chronicle of his years in hiding during the Holocaust. Isaac is seven when the Nazis invade France. His father is deported and his mother tries to bring Isaac south to Vichy France. She’s caught but bribes a guard to send Isaac alone to a hospital where Jewish children are secretly sheltered until homes are found. After placement in one abusive home, Isaac is brought to a kind widow for the duration. His parents (he learns after the war) perish at Auschwitz. Pages of text alternate with two types of illustration: painted double-page spreads in full color, showing many vignettes in concert; and small black-and-white photographs, including Isaac’s family before the war and Isaac post-war. The photos are stark with clarity, their very survival a wonder. Millman’s art is both delicate and harsh, with powerful use of color and composition. His writing is smooth and direct. A must. (afterword) (Nonfiction. 9-12)