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 Story of Bodri
 Author: Fried, Hedi

 Publisher:  Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [27] p., col. ill., 27 cm

 BTSB No: 356861 ISBN: 9780802855657
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 Fried, Hedi -- Childhood and youth -- Fiction
 Holocaust, 1939-1945 -- Romania -- Fiction
 Jews -- Romania -- Fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction
 Romania -- History -- 1914-1944 -- Fiction
Historical Fiction

Price: $22.58

Hedi, a young Jewish girl, spends her days playing with her best friend and their dogs until Adolf Hitler's soldiers take Hedi's family away, while her dog, Bodri, awaits their return.

 Illustrator: Wirsen, Stina

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Booklist - 03/15/2021 Creating Holocaust-themed picture books for young children is difficult. Fried’s attempt, translated from Swedish, is fictional but based on her own life as a Holocaust survivor. It was inspired by a child who attended one of her lectures and asked what became of her dog, Bodri, while she was in Auschwitz, among other death camps. The focus on life before the war, and on Bodri’s presence as a loyal friend, somewhat mitigates the harshness of what happened to the author and her sister. Only a few bleak wartime spot illustrations—black drawings of Hitler and soldiers colored with dark splotches of gray—infringe on Wirsén’s delicate watercolors. Leafy trees add constancy, portraying nature as well as the passage of time. Bodri, a large, friendly-looking red dog, is a symbol of hope, waiting beneath the seasonally changing tree until reuniting with Fried after the war. This book walks the edge of what children can absorb about historical tragedies, while maintaining an outcome that is not too Pollyanna-ish, and it does this well. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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