The Lady with the Books: A Story Inspired by the Remarkable Work of Jella Lepman

The Lady with the Books: A Story Inspired by the Remarkable Work of Jella Lepman

Inspired by true events, a fictionalized retelling of how one woman brought a world of books to children in Germany after World War II, and changed their lives forever.

Anneliese and Peter will never be the same after the war that took their father's life. One day, while wandering the ruined streets of Munich, the children follow a line of people entering a building, thinking there may be free food inside. Instead, they are delighted to discover a great hall filled with children's books --- more books than Anneliese can count. Here, they meet the lady with the books, who encourages the children to read as much as they want. And she invites them to come back the next day. Eventually, she will have a greater impact on the children's lives than they could ever have imagined.

This moving picture book, written by beloved and award-winning author Kathy Stinson, is based on the real-life work of Jella Lepman, founder of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) and the International Youth Library. Lepman's collection of children's books from around the world traveled throughout Germany after World War II in the hope of building ?bridges of understanding? between countries. Brought to life by highly acclaimed illustrator Marie Lafrance, this book carries an important message about international cooperation that still resonates with world events today. It includes further information about Lepman and her work as well as historical photos. This story of the children who survived the war offers a unique and often unexplored perspective for history lessons. It also makes an excellent choice for character education lessons on resilience. A portion of the author's royalties will be donated to IBBY's Children in Crisis Fund.

Title:The Lady with the Books: A Story Inspired by the Remarkable Work of Jella Lepman
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781525301544
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    The Lady with the Books: A Story Inspired by the Remarkable Work of Jella Lepman Reviews

  • Mischenko

    “Let us set this upside-down world right again by starting with the children. They will show the grown-ups the way to go.” —Jella Lepman, 1945The Lady with the Books is a story based on a true v...

  • Fran

    Anneliese and younger brother Peter lived in Munich during the aftermath of World War II. Women with wheelbarrows were seen carting away broken pavement and chunks of demolished buildings. "Couldn't t...

  • Briar's Reviews

    This book is a wonderful biography that is a fictionalized version of a very real story.I love books like this - picture books with lots of tales to tell! Books like these would have made me way more ...

  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    Based on true life events of "The Lady with the Books", the mother of two children believed that books were needed by children as much as they needed food during those times of the Holocaust.This shor...

  • La Coccinelle

    The Lady with the Books is a fictionalized account of how Jella Lepman brought books to the children of war-ravaged Germany. It follows Annaliese and Peter, two young children who are struggling after...

  • Cheryl

    This beautifully illustrated children’s book is based on the true story of Jella Lepman, a Jewish woman who returned to Munich after World War II, and organized an exhibition of 4,000 children’s b...

  • Deborah

    A story of hope and books. Two hungry children wandering around a war-torn Munich stumble on a line, which they wish to be for food but discover a room of books. Germany is recovering from World War I...

  • Radwa

    A cute story book inspired by a woman I haven't heart of before, Jella Lepman, who during the world war focused on children and supplying them with books and stories to save and repair their souls. Th...

  • Soumya

    This book deserves all the stars in the universe!...

  • Leslie

    Thanks to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for the digital review copy.Note, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the International Board on Books for Young People’s Children ...