Check out this great book project from Deb Bowen designed to teach children about the Holocaust!
Deb Bowen began to network with teachers, writing experts and ordinary students asking them to do something extraordinary. She asked children to write and illustrate the life story of a Jewish woman who survived the Holocaust.
The results? Beyond her expectations…
“I wasn’t sure what the students would create but the young authors and illustrators went beyond my expectations. They used their gifts and talents and become young storytellers for the next generation.
Going around the world…”.
Today they have over 60 books documented from students around the world to teach our children about the survivors, liberators and Righteous Gentiles who lived in their midst.
Deb invite teachers across the country and around the world (public, private and home schools along with Sunday school classes at churches or synagogues) to encourage young people to share this experience.
There are certainly many more stories with great value to tell.
Deb began this project to give young authors and illustrators a creative outlet to tell important true stories in a children’s story book form. Also, to give their readers a seed plant sparking interest to become lifelong learners on the subject.
The connection the books provide may help them connect with the pain and suffering of this time period while understanding the triumph of survival – the hope a survivor story brings.
Through understanding the lessons of Holocaust stories she would like to help students recognize they can make a difference by:
- Treating other with respect
- Being kind and compassionate
- Being courageous
- Tolerance / working together
- Embracing differences
- Understand consequences / cause and effect
- Asking questions