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Hana's Suitcase: A True Story [Paperback]

By Karen Levine (Author)
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Based on the author's radio documentary of the same name, a biography of a Czech girl who died in the Holocaust is told in alternating chapters with an account of how the curator of a Japanese Holocaust center learned about her life after Hana's suitcase was sent to her. An ALA Notable Children's Book. Reprint.

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In 2000, a suitcase arrived at a children's Holocaust education center in Tokyo, Japan, marked Hana Brady, May 16, 1931. The center's curator, searches for clues to young Hana and her family, whose happy life in a small Czech town was turned upside down by the invasion of the Nazis.

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Hana's Suitcase: A True Story by Karen Levine has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 03/05/2007 page 64

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Albert Whitman & Company
Pages   111
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 7.5" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.72 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2003
Publisher   Albert Whitman & Company
Age  9-12
ISBN  0807531472  
ISBN13  9780807531471  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Karen Levine is the recipient of two Peabody Awards for her radio work. She originally produced Hana's Suitcase as a radio documentary that won a gold medal at the New York International Radio Festival. Karen lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Karen Levine was born in 1955.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Ethnic & National > Jewish
2Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > Holocaust
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Biographies > General
5Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Biographies > Historical
6Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Biographies > People of Color
7Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Judaism
8Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12

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HANA'S SUITCASE  Jun 10, 2008
Hana's Suitcase  May 31, 2008
This was a wonderful book. Hana's Suitcase allowed children to connect the events of the Holocaust with the experiences of a person about their own age who actually was affected by these events. Although sad by definition, the tale ends on a high note, as Hana's older brother travels to Japan to meet with young visitors at a Holocaust Museum. He is able to tell of his young sister who actually carried the suitcase in one of the museum's exibits and who later died while imprisoned by the Nazis.
A beautiful, bittersweet story  Feb 22, 2008
Hana's Suitcase, by Karen Levine, published in 2007, is the true story of a young girl named Hana Brady, who was taken away by the Nazis as a small child along with her older brother George, and her suitcase, which through a chain of events ended up in Japan. It is also the story of a Japanese woman's efforts to find out about Hana- who she was and what happened to her. The book is incredibly moving. Illustrated with photographs of Hana and her family as well as the Holocaust center in Japan where her suitcase is found, Levine tells Hana's story in parallel with the story of the efforts to learn about her. This structure sets up two crushing waves of emotion that left me in tears by the end. It's bittersweet tragedy, told with beauty and sensitivity.
amazing, magical story  Jan 19, 2008
I have read this book to my fourth grade class for the past two years. They are instantly drawn to Hana, Fumiko, and the story of the Holocaust. The minute they see the picture of Hana's Suitcase, they begin to ask all the questions that the children in Japan asked of Fumiko. They always want me to continue reading and they are so eager to find out about her story. This book has inspired so many deep and thoughtful discussions with my students. They really connect to Hana and her story and the book helps them understand what happened with the Jewish people in WW2 and why it got so out of control. The chapters switch between Hana's story and the story of the children in Japan who are learning about Hana, so it kind of breaks up some of the more difficult parts of the story with the more happier, hopeful parts. I highly recommend this book for anyone- kids and adults.
A living account of the holocaust  Apr 23, 2007
This is a very different account of the holocaust than I have ever read before. It is a living account of the holocaust and how it still affects our lives today. This book brings the holocaust into the present by telling the story of a Japanese woman searching for a girl who was lost nearly 60 years ago. I loved this story and wonder how many more stories of survival, hope and faith we can find if we just dig a little deeper to unbury a past that is not always pleasant but that we can always learn from.

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