LA HISTORIA DE ERIKA

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It is the winter of 1944. In Nazi-occupied Europe, a Jewish couple realize their fate is sealed and make a heart-rending decision so that their infant daughter might live. Ruth Vander Zee's elegant narration and Roberto Innocenti's searing and beautiful illustrations combine to capture the fear, love, and sadness of a Holocaust survivor's story.

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Erika's Story or La Historia de Erika is one woman's account of the tragedy of the Holocaust. Erika is a survivor who recalls the difficult decisions her parents had to make and how those decisions have affected her life. Erika has a quiet hope and confidence which is sure to inspire readers. The exquisite illustrations of Roberto Innocenti are poignant and moving. The combination of words and pictures in this book speak not only to the reader's head but also to the heart. 

The author of Erika's Story, teacher and writer Ruth Vander Zee has always had a love of stories. However, it was not until 1995 that she began writing her stories down on paper. As a child, Vander Zee listened to her father's tales, and she continued in the family tradition by making up her own stories to entertain her cousins. When she grew up she continued the habit, entertaining her own three children with original tales. At age forty she returned to college to earn her degree in education. After being a middle-school teacher for several years, she finally decided to put her words on paper, first by writing curriculum, then by writing picture books.

Roberto Innocenti was born in 1940 in Bagno a Ripoli, a small town near Florence. Never having attended art school, he went to Rome to work in an animation studio. Returning to Florence, he began designing books and illustrating film and theatre posters. He has illustrated Pinocchio, A Christmas Carol, J. Patrick Lewis's The Last Resort and Ruth Vander Zee's Erika's Story




  • Age 10+
  • Binding Hardcover
  • ISBN 978-84-8464-521-4
  • Language Spanish
  • Pages 32
  • Product Dimensions 25,4 x 24.4 cm.
  • Publisher Kalandraka
  • Translated by PILAR MARTÍNEZ, XOSÉ M. GONZÁLEZ

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