Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story

Four Perfect Pebbles A Holocaust Story The twentieth anniversary edition of Marion Blumenthal Lazan s acclaimed Holocaust memoir features new material by the author a reading group guide a map and additional photographs The writing is d

  • Title: Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story
  • Author: Lila Perl Marion Blumenthal Lazan
  • ISBN: 9780590381963
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • The twentieth anniversary edition of Marion Blumenthal Lazan s acclaimed Holocaust memoir features new material by the author, a reading group guide, a map, and additional photographs The writing is direct, devastating, with no rhetoric or exploitation The truth is in what s said and in what is left out ALA Booklist starred review Marion Blumenthal Lazan s unforgettaThe twentieth anniversary edition of Marion Blumenthal Lazan s acclaimed Holocaust memoir features new material by the author, a reading group guide, a map, and additional photographs The writing is direct, devastating, with no rhetoric or exploitation The truth is in what s said and in what is left out ALA Booklist starred review Marion Blumenthal Lazan s unforgettable and acclaimed memoir recalls the devastating years that shaped her childhood Following Hitler s rise to power, the Blumenthal family father, mother, Marion, and her brother, Albert were trapped in Nazi Germany They managed eventually to get to Holland, but soon thereafter it was occupied by the Nazis For the next six and a half years the Blumenthals were forced to live in refugee, transit, and prison camps, including Westerbork in Holland and Bergen Belsen in Germany, before finally making it to the United States Their story is one of horror and hardship, but it is also a story of courage, hope, and the will to survive.Four Perfect Pebbles features forty archival photographs, including several new to this edition, an epilogue, a bibliography, a map, a reading group guide, an index, and a new afterword by the author First published in 1996, the book was an ALA Notable Book, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and IRA Young Adults Choice, and a Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, and the recipient of many other honors A harrowing and often moving account School Library Journal

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    1. I have been reading a lot of books about Jews during WWII lately. This book provided a different perspective than those I have been reading. The Blumenthal family realized the danger they were in and planned to get away to the U.S. First they moved to Holland and were scheduled to depart for the U.S. with all of their papers intact when they were rescheduled to leave later. In the time before they were to set sail, the harbor was bombed and Hitler's men had moved in and transported them to a con [...]

    2. Rating: 4* of fiveIn the annals of man's cruelty to man, the Holocaust stands out for its sheer, industrial-scale coldness and horror. There is ample literature attesting to the awfulness of being condemned to death for the mere accident of being born to a Jewish parent. This book, another entry into that corwded segment, is aimed at young readers.I don't know that any book about the Holocaust is something I want young readers to read. It's too huge and too vile a topic to make me feel comfortab [...]

    3. 3.5 stars. My youngest son is studying the Holocaust in school right now and is reading this book for ELA. I decided to read it too. While it was nothing special it was a good mix of historical information and personal stories.

    4. The author of this book, Marion Blumenthal Lazan, came to our school for an assembly with the 6th graders. In preparation for her visit, I had my students read her book. The students were excited to have her come and it was touching to hear her tell her own Holocaust story. My students were able to write letters to her which we delivered when she came to our school. You can visit her website at fourperfectpebbles. What an inspiring lady.

    5. In a child’s imagination, there’s a fine line between hope and superstition. For Marion Blumenthal, a nine-year-old Jewish girl imprisoned with her family in the notorious concentration camp Bergen-Belsen, hope meant psychological survival in dire conditions, where death was a near certainty. Holding four pebbles in her hand, the young girl tells her older brother, Albert: “Look closely. I have these three pebbles, exactly matching. Today I will find the fourth. I suppose you think I’m s [...]

    6. A straightforward account of Marion Blumenthal Lazan's experiences as a German Jew in the 1930's and 40's. The title refers to her family -- Father Walter, Mother Ruth, brother Albert, and herself -- and how they escaped from Germany to Holland only to be overtaken there once the Nazis invaded Holland. Considerably luckier than, say, the Wiesels in NIGHT who wound up at Auschwitz, the Blumenthals served time at Bergen-Belsen (also no picnic). Much less graphic than Elie Wiesel's account, FOUR PE [...]

    7. Marion Blumenthal Lazan gave a speech at my school yesterday, and it was amazing. Despite the terrible shit she went through, she is so optimistic and sweet and I really admire her. I definitely want to read her memoir.

    8. Marion has an amazing story and I was able to hear it first-hand! We are fortunate to be one of the last generations to hear the accounts from the authors! Her lesson of tolerance is remarkable.

    9. In the wake of Hitler's rise, Marion Blumenthal Lazan suffered many tribulations. She suffered not only physical pain, but both emotional and spiritual. Marion saw people that were filled with anguish and sorrow. She could only think to herself that through hope and faith, she and her family would make it out alive. For her sake, she could only hope for survival. With the hope of finding four perfect pebbles that look the exact same, she knew there was soon to be hope in the near future, which s [...]

    10. If you want a story about the Holocaust to read to your older grade school children, or even read themselves, this is an excellent one. It says just enough, without a lot of disturbing detail. Marion Lazan is a living survivor who travels around the world telling her story and sharing an inspiring message of tolerance. She emigrated to the US at a young age to make a new life after years of persecution, as well as her captivity in the concentration camp, Bergen-Belsen. She, her older brother, an [...]

    11. This edition is apparently only available through the school market by . I can't, even knowing how important this knowledge is, see giving this to a young child. Maybe a teenager but even with this, I believe younger children still need to be shieldedwhile they can. I might hand this to my daughter as a teenager or older but not any younger and it depends on her maturity.I was surprised to see one or two of the pictures in this also- shocking pictures that I've seen before, as an adult, and that [...]

    12. This is the story of Marion Blumenthal and her family. When Marion was little she believed in her heart of hearts that if she could find 4 pebbles that were exactly alike it meant that her entire family would survive the war.The Blumenthal family made it to Holland only to wind up back in Germany. They tried in many ways to get away through legal channels, but every time a plan was set into place, it blew up in their faces. Yet they continued to have perseverance and to believe that somehow they [...]

    13. A simple story about the cost of war on one family who made it through the Holocaust. Written about the Blumenthal family, Walter and Ruth and their kids, Albert and Marion, were refugees in other countries, sent on trains to camps, worked to skeletal frames, and freed by Russian forces only to make the agonizing decision to leave Europe behind for the United States. The family's story is easy to understand and as much as any Holocaust story, hard to understand that something like this could hav [...]

    14. I had the opportunity to meet Marion Blumenthal Lazan last year when she came to speak to my students about her experience in a concentration camp. She is truly an amazing woman. She was so kind and gracious to us, yet she didn't sugarcoat the terrible events of the Holocaust. It was remarkable that she survived, let alone retained such a positive outlook on life. She has dedicated her life to talking to children and teens about the horrors of war and the way intolerance can destroy lives. Heari [...]

    15. I absolutely loved this beautiful, life-affirming book, though it's just a short story.When I read it, it made me recall the book called Forty Autumns, though they are not in the same background, they have the same mental state, all suffered. I love history fiction, especially around World War two. They remind me how horrifying the wars were.When reading the novel, To many emotions seized me, just like I stayed with Marion and had immersive experiences. "The date of our landing was April twenty- [...]

    16. This book gives me a brief idea of the horrible history of Jews' life under the Nazis. The narrative switches between third person and first person - in which was the real life experience of a woman now in her sixties going through the torturing time when she was a little girl. It is a well-written little book although it is really short. This book is also more painfully real than any other books of this kind I have ever read. It reveals the evil, horrific human history of being sentenced to dea [...]

    17. I have had my share of Holocaust books. To be perfectly honest, I believe that many people have had it worse than the main character here. A couple years back, This woman came to my school and talked to us about the Nazi invasion and her own experience. Back then, I was horrified. Now, well I have heard far worse experiences than this. I don't think that this book is bad at all, but I think that this book should be a parenting tool for a younger, sensitive, audience than a 7th grader. Otherwise, [...]

    18. This book is a true story about a young girl that lived through the holocaust. This story is super captivating, keeps you on your toes and still has a happy ending. I highly suggest it! I am reading it with my 8th graders now and they love it :)

    19. I "read" this book by listening to the audible version. I love books that bring light out of darkness and this book did that. I cried as I listened to Marion Blumenthal share, in her own voice, the insights she had learned from her experience. It was a tragic yet beautiful story.

    20. I was fortunate enough to meet Marion and hear this story first hand! This likely made it more powerful for this reader, but an amazing story either way.

    21. An excellent middle school appropriate non-fiction, but dramatized read. Informative but also well paced and interspersed with good story-telling detail. Good length for a classroom read-aloud.

    22. OK i'm acully sad that it was so short i mean i loved it it was one of the best books i've read in a long time it was so sad though i felt really bad for the blumenthals and all the other Jews

    23. I read this book for a project in elementary school and I remembered how enthralled with it I became after getting past the beginning.

    24. From a historical and ethical perspective, we will always need more Holocaust narratives, and every single Holocaust narrative is infinitely valuable. No two Holocaust narratives are the same, and each offers something new to our understanding of this unfathomable atrocity. As a Jewish American in particular, I find that reading any Jewish narrative, especially a Holocaust one, is an illuminating and powerful experience of discovery, with emotional weight. That said, though I was brought to tear [...]

    25. I wanted to read Marion Lazan's book after meeting her when she came to speak to our students at Bumpus. Her presentation was mesmerizing and really touched our students. The book told more of Marion's story and helped us to understand her even more. The take-away for me was not only understanding more of Marion's story, but to be able to then share the books and her story with our students. I have 5 copies (signed by Lazan) in my classroom and students read them with interest. I wanted to also [...]

    26. Lila Perl is the author of many great books, but she really made a difference with this one. Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story tells the tragic years leading and following the holocaust for the Blumenthal family. The family of four consists of Walter, Ruth, Albert, and Marion. Conflicts from the holocaust are the main problems the family faces, and it leads them done a scary road none of them had expected to live through. They find strengths is themselves they didn't even know existed. Fro [...]

    27. Spoiler Alert!Marion Blumenthal Lazan tells her story of life in Germany as a Jewish family before and during Hitler's reign.They couldn't leave as many of their friends did as they had elderly relatives, and when they could finally go, one thing after another prevented their escape. They got together a sponsor and all relevant paperwork (over a year or so in the doing), paid 4 fares on a ship to the USA, only for their hopes for freedom dashed by the bombing of the nearby port by allied soldier [...]

    28. Four Perfect Pebbles by Marion Blumenthal Lazan is a Holocaust survivor's account of the terrifying journey her family underwent. The story begins in Germany as Hitler's rise to power is just taking off. From there the Blumenthal family travels across Europe in a desperate attempt to escape the clutches of the Nazi regime. I got to see firsthand how young readers handle Four Perfect Pebbles. It's written in an accessible manner, and was definitely not too challenging for the 8th grade students I [...]

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