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The Children of Willesden Lane

The Children of Willesden Lane

About the Book

Author: Mona Golabek & Lee Cohen

Age Range: 7-11 Years

Publisher: Franklin Watts

Price: £6.99

Review

There’s no doubt that the Holocaust is a challenging period of history to broach, especially in primary school.

The Holocaust Educational Trust suggests that focusing on the experiences of Jewish child refugees is an age-appropriate way to teach the topic.

Beginning in Vienna in 1938, this book tells the true story of 14-year-old musical prodigy Lisa’s escape from Nazi-controlled Austria via the Kindertransport and her experience of living in a home for refugee children in London.

Lisa’s daughter Mona Golabek, a Grammy-nominated recording artist, has co-written the story with journalist Lee Cohen and will be visiting the UK in June to work with the Holocaust Education Trust.

The book focuses on themes of courage, survival and the power of music and will both educate and inspire young readers.

Find free KS2 schemes of work to accompany the themes of the book on the trust’s website.

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