Adam And Thomas

Adam and ThomasAdam and Thomas are two nine-year-old Jewish boys who have been left in the forest by their mothers who must return to the ghetto. They eat berries to survive and build a nest in a high tree for shelter. They witness Nazis chasing other fugitives and help when they can. A peasant girl named Mina discovers the boys and leaves them packages of food at her own risk. Through their positive thinking and resourcefulness, they survive winter’s harsh weather and eventually reach the infirmary of the Red Army, but the story’s ending is uncertain. This powerful fable about survival and friendship is illustrated with delicate dreamlike watercolor and ink paintings. The author’s personal experience was inspiration for the book.  mjw
Title: Adam And Thomas
Author: Aharon Appelfeld
Illustrator
: Philippe Dumas
Publisher
: Seven Stories Press, New York
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: Hebrew
Translator
: Jeffrey M. Green
Original Title
: Yalda Shelo Minhaolam Haze (A Girl From Another World)
Original Copyright
: 2013
ISBN
: 978-1-60980-634-7
Hardcover pages
: 149
Age range
: 10-18
Genre
: Historical fiction
Book setting
: World War II
Author’s ethnicity
: Born near Czernowitz, Bukovina, Ukraine
Author’s residence
: Beersheba, Israel
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: France
Awards
: 2016 Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book, 2016 Sydney Taylor Book Award, 2016 National Jewish Book Award Finalist
Subjects
: Courage, Holocaust, Jews, Refugees, Surfival, War stories, World War II, 1939-1945

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