Illus. in black-and-white. It's hard to leave your home and friends, but the Nazis have invaded Clara's native Austria, and her Jewish family is no longer safe. Clara and her family take only what they can carry and travel by night to the Swiss border, where they hope to escape to freedom. Soldiers are everywhere, and it is Clara's heroism that carries the family across the border, their lives and few precious possessions intact.
About the Author
Karen Ackerman has written over 25 books for young readers, including T"he Night Crossing, A Brighter Garden illustrated by Tasha Tudor," and "Bingleman's Midway" illustrated by Barry Moser.
In addition to winning the Caldecott Award for his spirited illustrations in "Song and Dance Man," Stephen Gammell is the illustrator of two Caldecott Honor Books, "The Relatives Came" by Cynthia Rylant and "Where the Buffaloes Begin" by Olaf Baker.
"From the Hardcover edition."
Elizabeth Sayles, a well-known illustrator of children's books, is also an adjunct professor of illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She enjoyed working on this book because she could finally use her daughter as a model, and because she liked the way Mikele sees the world around her in imaginative ways.
Elizabeth Sayles lives in Valley Cottage, New York.
"An excellent fictional introduction to the Holocaust."--School Library Journal