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Passage to freedom : the Sugihara story /
written by Ken Mochizuki ; illustrated by Dom Lee ; afterword by Hiroki Sugihara.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York : Lee & Low Books, c1997.
description
[32] p. : col. ill. ; 21 x 26 cm.
ISBN
1880000490
format(s)
Book
Holdings
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imprint
New York : Lee & Low Books, c1997.
isbn
1880000490
catalogue key
2291799
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
ABC Children's Booksellers Choices Awards, USA, 1998 : Won
Bluebonnet Award, USA, 1999 : Nominated
Jane Addams Children's Book Award, USA, 1998 : Nominated
National Jewish Book Awards, USA, 1997 : Nominated
New York State Charlotte Award, USA, 2000 : Nominated
Sasquatch Reading Award, USA, 2000 : Nominated
SCASL Book Award (South Carolina), USA, 2000 : Nominated
Sequoyah Book Award, USA, 2000 : Nominated
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1997-04-21:
Mochizuki and Lee's (Baseball Saved Us) skillful volume pays tribute to Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat posted to Lithuania who in 1940 saved the lives of thousands of Polish Jews. Defying orders from his government, Sugihara handwrote visas for weeks to grant refugees passage through the Soviet Union to Japan. Told in the voice of his then-five-year-old son, the narrative centers upon the boy's impressions: the creaking of the bedsprings as his sleepless father tossed and turned, the Jewish children huddled outside the consulate, his mother massaging her husband's cramped arm. Lee's precise, haunting art, created by scratching out images from beeswax applied to paper and then adding oil paint and colored pencil, has the look of sepia-toned photographs: it unites carefully balanced compositions and emotional intensity. Mochizuki and Lee's inspired treatment brings out the import of Sugihara's brave and compassionate decision. An afterword by Sugihara's son updates the account: the family spent 18 months in a Soviet internment camp, and his father was stripped of his diplomatic post. A stirring story. Ages 4-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Reviews
This item was reviewed in:
Horn Book Magazine,
Publishers Weekly, April 1997
Booklist, May 1997
School Library Journal, July 1997
Horn Book Guide, March 1998
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