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The Feather Bed Journey

by Paula Kurzband Feder
Illustrated by Stacey Schuett

Published by Albert A. Whitman, 1995
32 pages
ISBN: 0807523305

Ages 5-8

Grandma tells Rachel and Lewis how the feather pillow she treasures was once a huge feather bed made by their great-grandmother in Poland, Albert Whitman, Grandma slept on the bed as a little girl, and shared it with five other children after the sad times came and the Germans forced Jewish people into the ghetto. "They didn't want Jews in Poland. They didn't want Jews anywhere." An introduction to the Holocaust is skillfully presented for younger readers in a picture book that also tells of the kindness of a Polish farmer who helped save Grandma's life, and later sent the remnants of the feather bed to her in America. Full-page illustrations balance images of fearful times with those of a warm, secure, loving family. CCBC categories: HISTORICAL PEOPLE, PLACES AND EVENTS; PICTURE BOOKS.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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