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The story of one boy's struggle to reunite his family, on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

A young boy and his mother and sister were separated from their father when the Berlin Wall was built between East and West Germany. This story shows the family's struggle as they try to cross the wall so they can be together again. This spectacular book is based on true stories about the Berlin Wall. Powerful illustrations teamed with an emotive storyline make this an impressive tale of triumph over adversity.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Templar Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press, c2014.
ISBN: 9780763675608
Branch Call Number: J COL
Characteristics: [32] p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.


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SCL_Alyssa Jul 27, 2017

What first grabbed me about this picture books was the illustrator's style. The cover and illustrations have a graphic novel style to them. The story itself is succinct, making the illustrations a key part of the plot. Each page seems to warrant a pause.

This story touches on the historical Berlin Wall and discusses the personal impact it had. Some themes which stood out during my first and second read-throughs were the love between a child and a parent (specifically father) and the universality of love. Side note: the last page makes me melt.

Vero_biblio Jul 13, 2017

A very quick read. Nice, modern style illustrations. What I disliked about it is that 1) It makes it seems as building a tunnel and escaping to the other side of the wall was a quick and easy thing to do. It certainly doesn't emphasize the hardship of families living in the East and the immense courage it takes to try to escape. I also wish there would have been a full page at the end to contextualize the story and explain what the Wall was about and how many persons attempted to escape. There is only a one paragraph note on the dust jacket about it and it certainly doesn't seem sufficient.

Jun 17, 2015

A short story of the Berlin Wall and the impact it had on families when it went up. Not detailed but interesting.

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