This is the third time I am reading this book. I read it the first time to make sure it was appropriate to read with my daughter. It was. But there is some bad language in it – be warned. And it is about the Holocaust, which in any situation, is simply horrible. Make sure your child is old enough to handle the subject matter and any discussions that may come from it. My daughter and I both loved this book. It is so beautifully written. The characters are extraordinary. I highly recommend reading this book aloud with your child.
My son and I are reading this book now, and he also loves it. There have been some incidents at his school over the past several weeks concerning swastikas and singling out Jewish people. This book is perfect for the situation at hand. And . . . reading it aloud with him has started discussions that probably never would have been brought up if we weren’t reading it.
I am a firm believer in family time and talking with your children. As they get older, it gets harder to talk to them. By reading books, I am able to engage with them and discuss matters that come up in books, and inevitably, in their own lives. Just read with your kids!