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I Will Come Back for You: A Family in Hiding During World War II

by Marisabina Russo

Published by Schwartz & Wade, 2011
36 pages
ISBN: trade 978𢠥75-866951

Ages 5-9

A little girl learns about the bracelet her Nonna never takes off: Each charm represents a piece of the story telling what happened to Nonna抯 family, Jews living in Italy, during World War II. They left Rome to stay with friends in the county and be near Nonna抯 father, who抎 been detained nearby by the Nazis. When word came that Jews were going to be sent away, the family escaped with the help of friends. Nonna, her mother, and brother spent most of the war in hiding on a farm. Nonna抯 father joined the resistance and was later killed. Nonna conveys the events to her granddaughter with honest sensitivity in Marisabina Russo抯 tender story based on the experiences of her mother, who became a partisan like her husband梩he father in the story. Russo provides more details about her mother抯 real story in an afterword that, along with the family photographs gracing the endpapers, heightens the poignancy of this picture book.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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