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Eli Remembers (Eerdmans Books For Young Readers) [Hardcover]

By Ruth Vander Zee (Author), Marian Sneider (Author) & Bill Farnsworth (Illustrator)
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After many years of watching the solemn lighting of seven candles at Rosh Hashanah, Eli finally learns how those candles represent his family's connection to the Holocaust in Lithuania.

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Year after year, Eli watches the solemn lighting of seven candles at his family's celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. On such a happy occasion, his parents and grandparents always seem sad, and Eli can't understand why.

Then one year Eli travels to Eastern Europe to learn more about his family history. There, he learns how the candles represent his family's connection to the Holocaust in Lithuania, and how remembering his ancestors can help heal years of grief and shame.

This powerful story, illuminated by Bill Farnsworth's sensitive brush strokes and muted palette, can be used as an introduction to World War II and the Holocaust, and will also remind young readers how they can make a difference in the lives of their families.

Awards and Recognitions
Eli Remembers (Eerdmans Books For Young Readers) by Ruth Vander Zee, Marian Sneider & Bill Farnsworth has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • Florida Book Award - 2007 Bronze Medal Winner - Children's category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Eli Remembers (Eerdmans Books For Young Readers) by Ruth Vander Zee, Marian Sneider & Bill Farnsworth has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Booklist - 07/01/2007 page 59
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 08/01/2007 page 807
  • Publishers Weekly - 09/24/2007 page 71
  • School Library Journal - 10/01/2007 page 129

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Pages   30
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.54" Width: 8.94" Height: 0.34"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Grade Level  Middle School  
Age  8-12
Series  Eerdmans Books For Young Readers  
ISBN  0802853099  
ISBN13  9780802853097  

Availability  0 units.

More About Ruth Vander Zee, Marian Sneider & Bill Farnsworth

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ruth Vander Zee, teacher and author, has also written Erika's Story, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti (Creative Editions), and Mississippi Morning, illustrated by Floyd Cooper (Eerdmans). Ruth lives in Miami, Florida.

Ruth Vander Zee currently resides in Miami, in the state of Florida.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > Picture Books
2Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Holidays & Festivals > Religious
3Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Fiction > Jewish
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Judaism > Children's Books > General
5Books > Subjects > Teens

Reviews - What do customers think about Eli Remembers?

Beautiful but not for everyone  Sep 6, 2008
I purchased Eli Remembers intending to use it as part of a unit on the Holocaust that my 6th grade homeschoolers will be doing this fall. The book is beautifully illustrated, the text gentle. This book is wonderfully appropriate for the 6 to 9 year old child who has Holocaust survivors in his family.

Unfortunately, as a teaching tool for children in the suggested 9-12 age group (4th to 7th grade) Eli Remembers does not fit the bill. The book provides few details about or explanation of the Holocaust other than the single event that has caused Eli's great grandmother such distress for so many years and there is no first hand testimony to make up for that lack.

All in all, beautifully done, but a book that most educators will want to skip in favor of Hana's Suitcase
Eli Remembers  Jun 18, 2008
Who will tell the story when the survivors are gone? Although there is a Second Generation group, not all are able or willing to be messengers, which is why this book will affect readers of all ages. Ever since young Eli can remember, the first evening of Rosh Hashanah, a happy holiday, included the lighting of seven, not two candles, and then tears--first from his great grandparents, later, from his grandparents; and even in his own home -always the same thing. No one ever answered his question: "Why?" Finally, his parents told him that they were all going to visit the town where great-grandmother Gussie had come from, in Lithuania. It was at that time, in that place, in good time, that the reason for the tears is revealed to him--and he, Eli, promises to assume the obligation to tell their story. The text is spare and sensitive; the illustrations are so powerful, so tuned to the momentum of the story--that I can truthfully say that they are perfect. This is a wonderful book. Ages 10 - adult. Reviewed by Marcia Posner
Picture Book Appropriate For 8 - 12  Nov 27, 2007
When Eli's family lights seven candles at Rosh Hashanah, he wonders why his great-grandmother is so sad. Upon his repeated inquiries into the cause of her tears, his mother replies, "Some things are too difficult to talk about." The year after his great-grandparents died, the Jewish New Year is celebrated at his grandparents' house - with the seven candles and tears. When the dinner is finally celebrated at his house, Eli still finds the family puzzlingly sad. His family ultimately takes a trip to Lithuania, his great-grandmother's childhood home. After pleasant experiences, Eli is taken to the Ponar Forest to the place where his great-great-grandfather and six great uncles and aunts were killed by the Nazis.

Eli performs a small, touching ceremony and promises his grandfather that he will always remember.

This is a picture book for older children about the Holocaust. The subject matter is much too difficult for younger children, but young people from the age of eight can begin to learn from it gradually as the young protagonist does. Both the text and gray-toned, lovely watercolors are understated. This book deals with a terrible subject with sensitivity.


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