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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book.,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly moving story,
The book is very well-written, and alternates chapters between Czechoslovakia in the 1930s and early 1940s, Tokyo in the year 2000 - early 2001, and Toronto in the year 2000 - early 2001. Sprinkled liberally throughout the book are many photographs, mostly of Hana and George Brady and their family before the war, but also of Fumiko and the group of Japanese children from her Centre that call themselves Small Wings.
Having read the book, I looked online for further information, and found a beautiful website run by the Brady family, devoted to the story of Hana and her suitcase: [...] .
There is a wonderful interactive component to the website (click down in the lower right-hand corner on 'Visit Hana's Online Experience') whereby one can experience nearly first-hand what it was like to be Hana and George Brady - old photographs interspersed with video footage (using actors to portray Hana and George and other family members) and 360-degree video re-creations of such locations as the Brady's general store in Nove Mesto and the work camp at Terezin, along with Fumiko's office in Tokyo, allow the user to immerse themselves in the scenes and click on objects in the scenes that tell both Hana's story and also the path travelled by Fumiko so many years later as she sought to discover who Hana Brady was.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story well told,
This review is from: Hana's Suitcase (Paperback)The story of Hana's Suitcase should be read by everyone. The purpose of the book is to teach children tolerance of people who are different. In this case, it was a difference that was not even visible, or concerning for the family's peers, but they were the only Jewish family in this small town in Czechoslovakia and Hitler was sweeping through Europe. George Brady is the only one of his family to survive and this book tells the incredible, true story of his sister, his family, and a group of children in Japan.
The book is written for children in Junior grades (4 - 6), but the story is gripping, well told and impossible to put down or forget.
Recently the docudrama has been released in DVD and is available at amazon. It also should be viewed by everyone.
Let us never forget so history doesn't repeat the horrors of the holocaust.
5.0 out of 5 stars heart-wrenching truth,
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)I read this to my Grade 3/4 class - and then the author, Karen Levine, came to our school. They had lots of questions - I'm glad I helped open their eyes to how fortunate they are to be where they are.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very touching,
A clear, simple narrative delivers a vivid picture of what happened. It was touching to see the dedication and interest of the children and of Ms. Ishioka to find out as much information as possible with just a name to start with. Well done.
I believe that this book is also suitable to readers aged 12+.
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-written, intensely moving account,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not only for children,
5.0 out of 5 stars seamless connection between then and now,
Children will enjoy the simultanous stories, which are easy to follow. Teachers or parents will love to see their children watching Fumiko at work, bringing alive the real work of historians, and bringing little Hana's legacy to life. Inclusion of Hana's drawings made in the Terazin ghetto, as well as photographs of Hana and her family in Czechosolvakia, and photos of Fumiko and her children's group, give the book something extra special. Over 60,000 people have seen the museum exhibit that inspired the book, and I'm sure that it will be millions once this book is *truly* discovered!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about a girl from the Holocaust,
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This review is from: Hana's Suitcase - Book and Audio CD (Paperback)This book was so sad! It is about this suitcase that arrives to a Holocaust Center in Japan and the story behind the little girl who used own it. The curator Fumiko crosses half the planet to find out what happened to Hana as she was taken from her home and killed just because she was Jewish. I really didn't understand what happened at the Holocaust until I read this book. Hana Brady had a normal life until the war started. Do we really need to destroy people's lives with a war, again?
5.0 out of 5 stars Hanna's Suitcase,
This review is from: Hana's Suitcase (Paperback)This book is AMAZING!!!!!
It tells you so much about life back then that I actully felt like iI was in it.This is such an emotional book it made me cry.Some of my favorite parts in it is the art were her friends that she had made at her camp had offered to bring word about her brother and the guard he is so nice when he offered to give her a free meal ticket.People in life will get fare with an attitude like that!!!And I mean that in a good way.
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Hana's Suitcase(CD)(Unabr.) by Karen Levine (Audio CD - April 16 2009)
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