Author(s): Michael Rosen
A personal, powerful and resonant account of the Holocaust by one of the best-loved children's authors.
By turns charming, shocking and heart-breaking, this is the true story of Michael Rosen's search for his relatives who "went missing" during the Second World War - told through prose, poetry, maps and pictures. When Michael was growing up, stories often hung in the air about his great-uncles: one was a clock-mender and the other a dentist. They were there before the war, his dad would say, and weren't after. Over many years, Michael tried to find out exactly what happened: he interviewed family members, scoured the internet, pored over books and traveled to America and France. The story he uncovered was one of terrible persecution - and it has inspired his poetry for years since. Here, poems old and new are balanced against an immensely readable narrative; both an extraordinary account and a powerful tool for talking to children about the Holocaust.
Kathleen's review - At some stage our children need to learn about the horrors of our European past. Rosen gives us the Holocaust through his own search to discover what happened to two of his uncles. This is simply and honestly told. A brilliant account of a painful truth.