Cover image for The promise / Pnina Bat Zvi and Margie Wolfe ; illustrated by Isabelle Cardinal.
Title:
The promise / Pnina Bat Zvi and Margie Wolfe ; illustrated by Isabelle Cardinal.
ISBN:
9781772600582
Publication Information:
Toronto : Second Story Press, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Abstract:
"A true story about two brave sisters whose promise to "always, stay together" helped them survive Auschwitz. The night that Rachel and Toby's parents are taken away by the Nazis, they give their young daughters three gold coins with the instructions to "use these wisely to help save your lives." They also ask the girls to promise that they will always stay together. This compelling true story follows the sisters as they confront the daily horrors of Auschwitz, protecting one another, sharing memories, fears, and even laughter - always together. But when Rachel becomes ill and is taken away by Nazi guards, likely forever, Toby risks her own life and uses the well-hidden gold coins to rescue her little sister."-- Provided by publisher.
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The night that Rachel and Toby's parents are taken away by the Nazis, they give their young daughters three gold coins with the instructions to "use these wisely to help save your lives." They also ask the girls to promise that they will always stay together. This compelling true story follows the sisters as they confront the daily horrors of Auschwitz, protecting one another, sharing memories, fears, and even laughter--always together. But when Rachel becomes ill and is taken away by Nazi guards, likely forever, Toby risks her own life and uses the well-hidden gold coins to rescue her little sister.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Sisters Rachel and Toby haven't seen their parents since Nazi soldiers broke their family apart, but they cherish and support each other as they endure life in Auschwitz. They fiercely guard three gold coins, hidden in a shoe polish tin, that their father gave them before they parted. When Rachel falls ill, Toby must finally put the coins to use to bribe a guard and rescue her sister. Based on family history, this picture book for older readers tells a riveting survival story that ends on a note of hope: the sisters who inspired the book grew up to become the authors' mothers. With tightly paced scenes and tense dialogue, Zvi and Wolfe create a terrifying sense of immediacy that is extended in the photorealistic digital collages, which focus on faces, from the shouting guards and snarling dogs to the determined sisters. An unusual, powerful look at the horrors of life in the camps and the courage and resilience of those who survived. Ages 7-10. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.