Tuesday, December 2, 2014
#Review and #Giveaway: Liesl's Ocean Rescue by Barbara Krasner/Illustrated by Avi Katz
Liesl’s Ocean Rescue by noted children’s author Barbara Krasner, recounts the story of Liesl Joseph, a 10 year old girl aboard the ill-fated MS St. Louis. On May 13, 1939, together with her parents and 937 other Jewish refugees they left Germany on the MS. St Louis attempting to seek temporary asylum in Cuba.
It is hard for me to fathom a group of people being persecuted to the point they could be arrested, having to leave their home in fear, or worse killed. It is hard to think that freedom is not necessarily for all.
This is the true story of Liesl and her family who left to avoid being killed, her father already being jailed just after his 56th birthday. Liesl was a help on the USS St. Louis but like the other passengers became stuck out in the ocean for several weeks when Cuba nor the US would allow the ship to port.
It seems they would never be rescued but her father worked hard to find shelter somewhere. The back of the book lets the reader know what Liesl's ultimate fate was. I will of course not reveal this to you because I want you to read the book.
This book is for a bit older child and should be included in any Holocaust studies. A complete bibliography is also given in the back for further reading.
The illustrations are all in black in white drawings and are a nice addition to the story as a whole.
The only negative I have to say about this book is it does seem to end abruptly. I had hoped to read a continuation and not just a post script in the back.
Overall, I give it four stars. Would you like a copy of your own? See the Rafflecopter below.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. This review is also part of the iRead Book Tour.
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