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!Read Pdf â The Cats In Krasinski Square ⛓ Newbery medalist Karen Hesse tells a harrowing, true story about life in the Warsaw Ghetto during WWIIWhen Karen Hesse came upon a short article about cats out foxing the Gestapo at the train station in Warsaw during WWII, she couldn t get the story out of her mind The result is this stirring account of a Jewish girl s involvement in the Resistance At once terrifying and soulful, this fictional account, borne of meticulous research, is a testament to history and to our passionate will to survive, as only Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse can write it Haunting Great story, great history. Two sisters have managed to escape the Warsaw ghetto as their appearance allows them to pass for Aryan and live freely outside those walls The younger sister befriends the stray cats in Krasinki Square whose owners have been put in the ghetto Her older sister is involved in the resistance and other members are bringing food on the train to smuggle into the ghetto The gestapo suspect and will be waiting at the station with dogs to arrest those involved A plan is hatched to thwart their plan Two sisters have managed to escape the Warsaw ghetto as their appearance allows them to pass for Aryan and live freely outside those walls The younger sister befriends the stray cats in Krasinki Square whose owners have been put in the ghetto Her older sister is involved in the resistance and other members are bringing food on the train to smuggle into the ghetto The gestapo suspect and will be waiting at the station with dogs to arrest those involved A plan is hatched to thwart their plans using their feline friends.Based on a true story, this is yet another account of bravery in the face of injustice These two sisters are lucky to be able to live outside the ghetto but many are not Whenever possible, they smuggle in food A group of resistance members are coming in with food on the train and the gestapo will be there awaiting them with dogs, to sniff out those involved As the younger sister has befriended the stray cats, these unlikely allies step in to complete the mission I just love coming across book like this one The illustrations take a somber tone in terms of color but projects a hopeful message This may be a small act but its gigantic in scope Simple but powerful, this is a great book Summary This is a picture book for 2nd to 5th graders about the true events during World War II in Warsaw It begins with some cats coming from the rubble in the Warsaw ghetto because they no longer have homes or owners to go to The main character of the story is a girl who escaped from the Warsaw ghetto She plays with the cats and she had to wear her Polish look, so she wasn t discovered Her sister told her about a plan to smuggle food into the Warsaw ghetto The Gestapo finds out about t Summary This is a picture book for 2nd to 5th graders about the true events during World War II in Warsaw It begins with some cats coming from the rubble in the Warsaw ghetto because they no longer have homes or owners to go to The main character of the story is a girl who escaped from the Warsaw ghetto She plays with the cats and she had to wear her Polish look, so she wasn t discovered Her sister told her about a plan to smuggle food into the Warsaw ghetto The Gestapo finds out about the plan and tries to surprise the food smugglers as they get off a train The girl, her sister, some friends, and the cats distract the Gestapo dogs and are able to successfully bring the food to the Jewish people behind the Warsaw ghetto wall.Response I think this was a very powerful story I read it 3 times The first time I read it I focused on the obvious I noticed the cats that were now homeless and the solution of the problem at the train station The second time I read it I noticedI realized that she seemed to have a lot of empathy for the cats maybe because they were lost and in a different world too and that she had a lot of guilt that she was out of the Warsaw ghetto and her friend Michael wasn t After that I read the historical page at the end It explained what happened, how serious it was, how many people died, and how some escaped It also explained that the survivors lived mostly because of the people who had already escaped and the food they smuggled in Then I read it a third time I looked deep into the pictures and noticed the barbed wired walls in the backgrounds of many pictures I also noticeddetails from the story Not only do the cats help distract to Gestapo during the food exchange, but they also show her all of the cracks in the wall to get to the people in the Warsaw ghetto Even though this book deals with very sad topics racism, starvation, homelessness, oppression, inequality, and themes from WWII it seems to have a happy ending I think that it could help students realize that no matter how difficult and depressing something is you can still make a difference to someone If I had an older general education class I would read this to them I would first focus on the historical facts, then read the book, then talk about how they feel and what they noticed, and then finish on a light note talking about helping others and how crazy dogs go around cats When I first started this blog, I reviewed a book called The Cigarette Sellers of Three Crosses Square by Joseph Ziemian It was the first of many books about the Warsaw Ghetto that I have reviewed here and these stories about the brave individuals who were part of the resistance never has ceased to awe me.So when I found The Cats of Krasinski by Karen Hesse on the library shelf, I thought Wonderful A nice picture book for older readers who may already have some familiarity with the Holocaust t When I first started this blog, I reviewed a book called The Cigarette Sellers of Three Crosses Square by Joseph Ziemian It was the first of many books about the Warsaw Ghetto that I have reviewed here and these stories about the brave individuals who were part of the resistance never has ceased to awe me.So when I found The Cats of Krasinski by Karen Hesse on the library shelf, I thought Wonderful A nice picture book for older readers who may already have some familiarity with the Holocaust to introduce them to the Warsaw Ghetto and Jewish Resistance in WWII As we know, lots of Jewish children of all ages often escaped the Ghetto and lived openly right under the Gestapo s nose, passing for Aryan Whenever they were able, they smuggled food and other necessities back to family and friends still behind the Ghetto wall In Hesse s story, two sisters have escaped the Ghetto and are living hand to mouth in Warsaw The younger sister has befriended the cats that became homeless when their owners were rounded up to live in the Ghetto Her older sister, Mira, is working with the resistance They are expecting some food to arrive by train, carried by other resistance workers, to be stuffed into the holes in the Ghetto wall where it can be found by the Jews still living there.But word comes that the Gestapo knows about the plan and will be waiting at the train station with trained dogs to arrest the resistance workers and confiscate the food The young girl gets an idea to distract the Gestapo s dogs when the train arrives And it works, thanks to the cat of Krasinski Square The cats are gathered up and let loose just as the train arrives.The Cats of Krasinksi Square is an uplifting age appropriate story that has a lot to say to young readers not only about courage and taking risks, but that sometimes kids can come up with ideas that actually work Told in sparse, lyrical free verse, the story is enhanced by the corresponding illustrations by Wendy Watson Watson used washed out muted colors in pencil, ink and watercolor that certainly evoke the place and period in her beautifully rendered illustrations I thought that putting a merry go round in Krasinski Square at the the beginning and end of the book was an interesting touch Carousels are such iconic symbols of happy children having fun, yet here it is juxtaposed with and accentuating the deplorable conditions that the Nazis forced upon the Jewish children It makes a very telling comment.This story is, as Hesse writes in her Author s Note, based on a real event involving cats outsmarting the Gestapo at the train station in Warsaw that caught her attention when she read about it There is also a historical note about the Warsaw Ghetto and Jewish Resistance that anyone not very familiar with these might want to read.This book is recommended for readers age 7 This book was borrowed from the NYPLThis book was originallyr reviewed at The Children s War