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Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto
by Susan Goldman Rubin
Bill Farnsworth, Illustrator

Reinforced | 40 pages | | US$ 18.95
ISBN: 9780823422517 | 02-14-2011

Grade: THIRD | Age: 6 to 10

Themes: Judaica, World War II, Holocaust, Biography
Recommendations: A*, C, K, LMC, PW*, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
4: L.4, RI.2, RI.4 5: RI.2, RI.4, RI.6, RI.7, RI.8, RI.9, RL.7, W.1, W.2 6: RL.2, RL.7, RL.9, W.2, W.7

About the Book

Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto is back in print!

Irena Sendler was a diminutive Polish social worker who helped spirit more than four hundred children out of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II.

Using toolboxes, ambulances, and other ingenious measures, Irena Sendler defied the Nazis and risked her own life by saving and then hiding Jewish children. Her secret list of the children's real identities was kept safe, buried in two jars under a tree in war-torn Warsaw. An inspiring story of courage and compassion, this biography includes a list of resources, source notes, and an index.


★“Arresting oil paintings pair with vivid prose to tell the story of a Polish social worker who concealed Jewish children from the Nazis . . . a haunting and unflinching portrait of human valiance.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

★“A moving tribute to a courageous woman.”―Booklist, starred review

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Irena Sendler was quoted by saying, I was taught by my father that when someone is drowning, you don’t ask if they can swim, you just jump in and help. Write an essay on Irena Sendler and how she lived by these words of her father. RI.5.1/W.5.2

2. Plan and create a presentation on Irena Sendler as a heroine. Include her beliefs, hopes, dreams, ideals, values, fears, strengths, weaknesses, talents. How does she conduct herself? What contribution has she made to society? SL.5.1, 4, 5, 6/W.5.9

3. Discuss the different conflicts from the book including what people, forces, ideas, institutions and values oppose each other. SL.5.1

4. Create a time line of important events throughout the book. RI.5.1,5

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