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Johnston, Tony.
Charlesbridge, 2004
IL 3-6, RL 6.3
ISBN 1570915474
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                   A young Jewish boy, living in Poland during World War II is given a harmonica by his father.  The devoted family share a love of dancing and music, and the boy learns to play Shubert on his harmonica.
                    Captured by Nazi soldiers, the parents and the boy are sent to separate concentration camps.  The boy is left with only his harmonica to give him comfort.  There, he will be called on to use his talent in an interesting, unsettling, but life-changing way.
                    Tony Johnstonís story reads like poetry.  Ron Mazellanís pictures unfold like memories, warm, cold, foreboding, menacing, and triumphant.  This picture book, inspired by a true story, can be used on lessons about the Holocaust, World War II, and the tragedy of war. (Gail King,, USC - SLIS)
SUBJECTS:      Harmonica -- Fiction.
                      Jews -- Fiction.
                      Concentration camps -- Fiction.
                      World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction.
                      Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Fiction.
                      Historical fiction.


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