Written by Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum
Illustrated by Maya Shleifer
Ages 7+, 32 pp, 8 x 10
Separated from her family, Ruthi struggles to find hope by holding tight to a childhood promise, in this universal story of loss and love.
Ruthi’s cheerful world changes the day soldiers stomp through her town. Separated from her family, alone and afraid, she manages to survive the war, and is brought to Israel where she recovers and learns to live again. Many years later she reunited with her brother Leib and they promise never to be separated again.
An author note briefly explains the historical context of the Holocaust, explores the ingredients that gave these children the strength to keep going—hope, resilience, and love--and provides tips for talking with children about this subject.
Read a fantastic review of Hand in Hand at The Author's Notebook!