Friday, April 19, 2013

Review:Irena's Jars of Secrets by:Marcia Vaughan

Irena's Jars of Secrets Cover

About the Book:
Irena Sendler, born to a Polish Catholic family, was raised to respect people of all backgrounds and to help those in need. She became a social worker; and after the German army occupied Poland during World War II, Irena knew she had to help the sick and starving Jews who were imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto. She began by smuggling food, clothing, and medicine into the ghetto, then turned to smuggling children out of the ghetto. Using false papers and creative means of escape, and at great personal risk, Irena helped rescue Jewish children and hide them in safe surroundings. Hoping to reunite the children with their families after the war, Irena kept secret lists of the children’s identities.

About the Author:
Marcia Vaughan is an award-winning author of numerous books for children, including Snap!, a Junior Library Guild Selection, Whistling Dixie, an ALA Notable book, and The Secret to Freedom, a Teachers' Choices Award winner published by LEE & LOW BOOKS. A full-time author, Vaughan is a popular speaker at national and regional conferences. She lives in Vashon Island, Washington, with her husband and their son. 

My Review:
 Irena born to a Polish Catholic family was also born to a very compassionate one. Her father on his death bed instilled an even greater sense of helpfulness in Irena as he explained to her that you help people who are drowning even if you don't know how to swim. It was a beautiful, heartfelt sentiment that Irena identified with as she grew up to be a very smart, young woman. In this book, she talks her way into a concentration camp during the Holocaust trying her best to help everyone she could.

 She later joins up with another organization to help more families in need and she leads the children's division. This way she gives the parents a safe place to house their children until they can be reunited again. This book describes the ways Irena was able to still identify the children with their families. This book is a very touching one. I believe the main character shows alot of bravery that I'm sure many children could learn alot from.

If you are interested in purchasing this book you can do so here.

**Disclosure** This book was given to me for free from the publisher.