Saturday, June 5, 2021

The Story of Bodri by Hédi Fried & illustrated by Stina Wirsén [Review & Giveaway]

 My thoughts: The inclusion of the horrors of WWII in the world of children's picture books is a daunting task to effectively bring to remembrance the terrible conditions of that period of history in our World and yet not traumatize the young reader. In The Story of Bodri the author in terse text and the illustrator's bold black ink and watercolor art has especially revealed the upheaval, heartbreak, dire circumstances of the times. 

The story is inspired by the author's own experience. Originally for publication in Sweden, the translation into English does not miss out on effectively telling the story. The illustrations invoke deeply felt emotions to the lines of text. 

Two Jewish sisters lose their parents and are sent to a concentration camp and their beloved dog, Bodri, is left behind. Miraculously the two sisters survive and eventually find Bodri who has been waiting to be reunited with them.

An emotional story of fear, loss, reuniting. Don't miss this opportunity to let your young child see history through the eyes of the young.

About the book: Hédi spends her days playing with her dog Bodri in the park, but her quiet world starts to crumble the day she hears Adolf Hitler on the radio. Germany’s leader hates her and her family, just because they are Jewish. And Hitler doesn’t even know them—it doesn’t make any sense. Soon Nazi Germany invades Hédi’s country, and her life changes forever. Inspired by the author’s experiences.

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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Eerdmans Publishers to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Winner's prize is provided and shipped directly to the winner by Eerdmans' or their publicist. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes.


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