T4 Hardcover – Sep 22 2008
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This free verse historical-fiction account is as gripping and moving as any Holocaust story and would be a rich addition to any World War II study."- Winston Salem Journal
"A gentle retelling of a horrific situation. . . . A great addition to the cannon of WWII YA literature, helping readers to understand how being different at this time was a dangerous thing."- KLIATT
"In her powerful debut novel, LeZotte, who is deaf, tells the story from the viewpoint of one young girl, who speaks in spare, lyrical, intense free verse that blends her personal experience with the historical facts and an additional adult perspective that looks back."- Booklist
"LeZotte's use of free verse offers a lyrical, flowing story of yet another aspect of this historic tragedy. As a deaf person herself, she is able to delve deep into the main character's feelings as a disabled person, adding another layer to this moving account."- Advocate News , Baton Rouge, Lousiana
"This short yet stirring read accompanied by additional notes at the back of the book would be a rich addition to any Holocaust study unit." - Jewish Book World
"T4 exposes the darkness of the time while capturing the wonder and hope of one girl's survival."-About Our Children
"I found that I couldn't put this book down. It was so amazing. . . [it's] really rich in detail and is a great story."-FlamingNet.com, student review
"A poetic book that simply and powerfully examines the injustices of the Nazis during World War II."-Holly Newton, Newton's Book Notes
About the Author
Ann Clare LeZotte is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and she has had her poems published in the American Poetry Review, the New Republic, and the Threepenny Review. She lives in Gainesville, Florida. She is completely deaf.See all Product Description
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T4 was a program Hitler used to sterilize and/or kill thousands of Jews with disabilities. People like Paula Becker, a deaf girl, were forced into hiding to save their lives. In her free verse poetry, Paula talks about hiding and running from Hitler and the T4 doctors.
This book was captivating. Before reading it I had never heard of Action T4. It was amazing to read a story through the eyes of a young girl as she is forced to leave her parents and go into hiding.
This was a short, easy read that anyone would appreciate.
Reviewed by: Emily Ann
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The author presents a very short novel in verse. It is a powerful tool and the length of the book in no way minimizes its impact. It takes no more than an hour to read, but the memory could last forever.
The book, T4, is named after the address, Tiergartenstrasse 4, which headquartered the infamous organization of this Nazi program. The historical facts of T4 are true, though the characters and story are fiction. The author, deaf herself, relates the story of a deaf child born in Pre-Nazi Germany who goes into hiding to escape being persecuted and murdered by the Nazis. Along the way she recounts the lives of people she meets and their impact on her. Ultimately she meets someone whom she eventually happily marries who is also a potential victim of the Nazis.
The book is beautifully written. It is simple and yet profound. Highly recommended.
This book is written for youth age 10-14, but it is a wonderful book for adults to read too. It is about Paula, a young deaf girl who was forced into hiding when the Germans decided to "end the sufferings" of those they deemed unfit to be part of the master race. Paula was squired away to a village where she stayed with a woman who taught her sign language, till someone found out that Paula was there and Paula was once again on the run. Separated from her family, Paula endured the war till she was able to go home again.
Written very simply, with elegance and prose, this book will take you on a short but powerful journey of images and emotions. If your child is becoming interested in the Holocaust, this would be a good book to start.
This is a very unique way to present the aspect of Hitler's Hate of the disabled to children. It is written like a long poem. It goes very quickly and the rhythm keeps you reading the book in one short sitting.
Paula is deaf. She is otherwise a happy and beautiful girl. Hitler has decided that the disabled should die they are consuming food needed for his "Aryan" race. The progrom to get rid of them is called T4. That was a new term to me. Named after the building where the doctors who carried out these murders worked.
Paula is lucky she got hidden. Paula got to tell her story. I will not tell you how it ends, just to say she was a very lucky girl. The story tells the truth but is not too grusome for 9-12 yr olds. These stories need to be told over and over again to all.
Ann LeZotte has created a children's classic in this poem that teaches and reminds us that all of God's children are the same, important, sacred. It teaches children that being different is okay and no one should be treated badly because of a disability.
I highly recommend this book. Parents read it with your children and talk about it.
Lastly, and this is the best part, while initially finding the poetic style (my first reading of a poetic novel) a bit difficult to follow, I soon fell into the rhythm and actually enjoyed the pace and tempo the author set.
As we all know from history, the Nazis tried to cover this up by saying they were conducting medical experiments to better the lives of these helpless people, when all they really wanted to do was to get rid of them quickly and quietly in order to cleanse their master Aryan race.
At 109 pages, this is a book of poetry that tells the story of Paula's family teaching her how to communicate. She is taken away by a priest who attempts to hide her with a woman who teaches Paula sign language. Paula is later moved to a homeless shelter to stay one step ahead of the Nazis who are on her trail.
Told in free verse, T4 is a quick read with lots of thoughtful one liners like the following:
I liked being a part
Of the larger
Outside of poetics, there is nothing new here which we haven't learned from our history books or from the story of Anne Frank. There are a few captivating moments that will tug at your heart strings where the reader is exposed to what happened to others like Paula, and at the end where we find out what happens to Paula after the war (I won't ruin it for you here).
But just because we have not been allowed to forget stories like Paula's does not mean this little book does not have a lot of heart and soul. I was more intrigued with the acknowledgment page where the author tells about her own deafness and what inspired her to write this book, and how she created her characters.
Both adults and children will enjoy this book that encompasses family, love, passion, and a dark history that we can learn from and which we should not try to forget or hide. If you marvel at WWII history, read Anne Frank's Diary, or shed tears over holocaust stories, or just enjoy light poetry in general, then you should spend some time with this book.
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