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3 Living Books Set Between WWI & WWII



Here are 3 wonderful books about families and children who lived in Europe between the two world wars.


1. The Family with Two Front Doors by Anna Ciddor


From Goodreads, "Meet the Rabinovitches: mischievous Yakov, bubbly Nomi, rebellious Miriam, solemn Shlomo, and seven more! Papa is a rabbi and their days are full of intriguing rituals and adventures. But the biggest adventure of all is when big sister Adina is told she is to be married at the age of fifteen - to someone she has never met.


Based on the author's real family, the Rabinovitches dance, laugh and cook their way through a life in 1920s Poland."


208 pages, reading level 8-12 years


2. Leon by Helen Griffiths


A boy and dog become friends during the civil war in Spain.


165 pages, 10 years +


3. Wildcat Under Glass by Alki Zei, Edward Fenton


From Goodreads, "Wildcat under Glass, first published in 1963 and translated in about 35 languages, is internationally acclaimed as a classic work having been successfully and repeatedly published in many countries apart from Greece until today.


The story is set on an island in Greece during the 1930's as the nation is forced into a Fascist dictatorship. It is told through the eyes of a young girl named Melia, who relates the experiences of her family as they are forced to accept life under a repressive government. The book provides an interesting look at an important period of Greek history and tells it from a child's unsophisticated perspective. The naturalness and liveliness of the dialogue is combined with the seriousness and depth of the meaning. In a playful atmosphere, the reader is aware of and enjoys a mature thought that deals with and analyses social visions while trying to discover the threads that move them. The value of the book consists in precisely this combination. One of its virtues and what makes it universal is that the narration, although set in Greece at a particular period of time, seems somehow space-less and timeless."


For 8+ years, 180 pages.




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