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Sarah Somebody: 01/04/21

Sarah Somebody

Sarah Somebody by Florence Slobodkin and Louis Slobodkin is a picture book inspired by the author and illustrator's grandmother. As a child in Poland Sarah was given a chance to go to an all girl's school in a time when schooling was reserved for boys.

The book is also about the sacrifices families make to better their children's lives. The school had a monthly fee and later an extra fee to pay for heating.

It's also about how children can help each other. Sarah who learns to write beautifully uses that to earn money to help others. The last person she helps in the book is her grandmother, whose name we learn at the end when she asks Sarah to write it for her.

It's a slow, deep story, one well suited for older elementary students or very patient younger ones. It's also about Jewish life without being either a Hanukkah or Holocaust book.

Four stars

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