Chance : Escape from the Holocaust
by Shulevitz, Uri

One Warsaw
Two Bialystok
Three Settlement Yura
Four Turkestan I
Five Turkestan II
Six The Road Back
Seven Poland And Germany
Eight Paris

The Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator of The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship presents a heartrending, illustrated account of his childhood escape from Nazi-occupied Warsaw to the Soviet Union, where he experienced his awakening as an artist. 50,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Uri Shulevitz has won the Caldecott Medal for The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, written by Arthur Ransome, and three Caldecott Honors for The Treasure, Snow, and How I Learned Geography. His other books include One Monday Morning, Dawn, So Sleepy Story, and the instructional guide Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books. He lives in New York City.

*Starred Review* Distinguished Caldecott Medal-winning author-illustrator Shulevitz creates an arresting and affecting memoir of terrible privation that focuses on his life from 1939, when he was 4, to 1949, when he turned 14. His story begins in Warsaw with a German air raid, of which he writes, "The distance between life and death had vanished." To put distance between themselves and war, his Jewish family-his mother, father, and himself-flee to the small town of Bialystock in Belarus. Their life there becomes increasingly difficult, for they have no Russian passports, and they are ultimately transported to Settlement Yura in the Russian Republic of the Soviet Union. In 1942, they begin another journey, this time to the small town of Turkestan in the Kazakh Republic, where his family lives for three long years in a state of near starvation. There is much more to his story, but two things remain his salvation: his lifelong love of stories and his passion for drawing, both of which have stood him in such good stead in his subsequent creative life. The book's spare, straightforward text is liberally illustrated with Shulevitz's black-and-white Expressionist-style drawings plus the occasional photograph that has survived the war. Together, the images brilliantly capture the often-somber story of Shulevitz's early life, which he ultimately survived, as he says, by chance. Grades 3-6. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

The award-winning author and illustrator recounts his harrowing childhood as a Polish Jew during World War II. When the Germans invade Poland in 1939, 4-year-old Uri and his parents flee from Warsaw to Soviet-occupied Bialystok, where they are considered enemies of Soviet Russia and denied citizenship. First sent to the Archangel region, after the Germans invade Russia they travel to Turkestan in the Central Asian Kazakh Republic, where, as a 7-year-old, Uri wonders at a way of life that is completely unfamiliar. Shulevitz shares experiences of hunger, deprivation, and anti-Semitism while living in makeshift abodes and tiny apartments and enduring endless train rides. What sustains him are his mother's storytelling, which instills in him an enduring passion for stories, and drawing to pass the endless hours. Drawing allows him to escape into his imagination and ward off loneliness. The first-person narrative, which continues through his teen years in Paris, is inviting and filled with absorbing details of everyday life, from playing games to facing bullies and fearsome dogs. The many illustrations—scary, imaginative, and humorous—are a brilliant accompaniment to the text, bringing into sharp focus stark images of civilians caught up in war. Despite the horrors, however, there is a strong sense of intimacy between the author and his readers. Fans of his many books will appreciate the references to One Monday Morning (1967) and How I Learned Geography (2008). A memorable journey of survival and artistry. (photographs) (Memoir. 10-14) Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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