Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Boy On the Wooden Box: a Memoir by Leon Leyson

The Boy on the Wooden Box:  a memoir 
Leon Leyson

Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages:  231

This powerful memoir of one of the youngest boys on Schindler’s list deserves to be shared. Leon Leyson grew up in Poland as the youngest of five children. As WWII breaks out, Leyson’s ingenuity and bravery, combined with the kindness of strangers and a bit of serendipity, save his life, time and again. The storytelling can at times meander, and the various reflections of his life in Poland during the war can result in a certain patchiness, but Leyson’s experiences and memories still make for compelling reading about what it was like to suffer through the Holocaust. This memoir is a natural curriculum addition to WWII units for upper-elementary- and middle-school readers. Be sure to have additional materials on hand about Oskar Schindler, as readers will want to do more research into Leyson’s story. Grades 4-7. --Sarah Bean Thompson. (BOOKLIST)

My Thoughts:

I loved this book.  I had previously read Schindler's List and found the book very compelling but this memoir is a true remembrance from one of the Jewish workers actually saved by Mr. Schindler.   Leon was just a young boy when the Nazis invaded Poland and the story tell of how his family survived during this time in Poland and how decisions made before the war begins and during lead to some of the family surviving and other not.   Leon became a real face to the many stories that I have read about the Holocaust.  

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