by Claire E. Nivola
Ruth and Elisabeth do everything together. They sleep in the same bed, eat from the same plate, and even share the same shadow – Elisabeth is a doll. They live in Germany with Ruth’s mother and father, at a time when life there is just beginning to get harder for Jews. Ruth can feel the change at home, at school, even at her father’s workplace. Suddenly, Ruth’s mother and father tell her they must leave at once, that they can bring nothing with them – not even Elisabeth. After having to migrate from Germany to Italy to France to America, and after many years, Elisabeth finds Ruth again. And this time, for good.
Based on the true story of the author’s mother, ‘Elisabeth’ is a story about change, courage, and hope, touching upon the situation for Jews in the early stages of Nazism in Germany. A great story, with more detail as to the real Ruth’s experience on the back flap.
~ Susan Chodakiewitz is the author of the picture book Too Many Visitors for One Little House. She is the founder of Booksicals books and theatrical. Booksicals currently performs the picture book Too Many Visitors at schools, libraries, book stores, and special literacy events ~