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The Champion of Children: The Story of Janusz Korczak Hardcover – September 1, 2009

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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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“The endpapers offer a study in contrast, the first showing Warsaw before the war, full of red rooftops and tall trees, while the closing spread shows Warsaw after the war, awash with shadowy silvers and grays. An author's note describes how Boagacki, himself Polish-born, grew up hearing the stories of Korczak.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Inspiring is a rare word for a realistic Holocaust title, but it is true of this picture-book biography.” ―Booklist

“For anyone teaching about the Holocaust, this moving portrait of humanitarian Janusz Korczak is worth a look.” ―Instructor

“...this is a gorgeous, gently-told book that every Jewish kid should eventually read.” ―Tablet

“A passionate picture-book biography of the Holocaust-era children's advocate and doctor.” ―Kirkus Reviews

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  • Lexile Measure : 1030L
  • Grade Level : Kindergarten - 2
  • Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
  • Hardcover : 40 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0374341367
  • ISBN-10 : 0374341362
  • Product Dimensions : 9.61 x 0.41 x 11.5 inches
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st Edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Reading level : 6 - 10 years
  • Language: : English
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