Wednesday, September 2, 2015

MaryAnn Schaefer Gives a 5 out of 5 Star Review for The Children's Train

"This is definitely a book that I'd recommend for older elementary school kids, maybe 5th or 6th grade and up. Our daughters visited concentration camps while on a field trip with their school while in Germany and I wish everyone had a chance to do so. No one would doubt the Holocaust if they experienced such a trip.

That said, this book showed a side of the war that not everyone has heard of, that of the Kindertransport that some of the Jewish children to safety in England. 

The book starts out with some of the milder interactions between some of the Nazis and the Jewish people, but those interactions quickly escalate and get very ugly, very quickly, most likely this happened similarly in real life.

The book can be hard to read, especially for people that just can't understand how people could be so cruel to other human beings. I think it's something important for people to remember though, especially children today, because I think the history of Hitler and the Third Reich isn't taught as much as it should be. I'd definitely recommend this."

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