It's the last day of March, which means the end of another Women's History Month. I only have three more books to share today. They were the last in the bag, and didn't really fit into a neat theme like the books in my previous posts. They are a grab bag assortment: a scientist/artist, a nurse, and a Holocaust survivor.
|Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merien|
by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Julie Paschkis.
Henry Holt & Company, 2010.
The story is told in the first person, which makes it a bit easier for a kiddo to identify with Maria. Paschkis's illustrations are exquisite.
Here is a lecture from East Tennessee University about Maria Merien's nature paintings.
|Florence Nightingale by Demi.|
Henry Holt & Company, 2014.
The text is easier to follow. I love Demi's paintings, which remind me of stained glass.
Here is a mini-biographical video by Bio.
|Luba: The Angel of Bergen-Belsen, as told to|
Michelle R. McCann by Luba Tryszynska-Frederick,
illustrated by Ann Marshall.
Tricycle Press, 2003.
This picture book begins with an author's note and prologue, explaining that the people in this story are real (including a list of "the Diamond Children") and a bit of the background of the Nazi concentration camps. We then meet Luba, lying in a new camp, sure she is hearing her son calling for her. She sits up, realizing she does hear children. She rushes outside to find 54 children, including babies, huddled in the snow. They had been dumped there at Bergen-Belsen, separated from their parents. Luba had lost her own family, including her son. She wondered why she'd been spared. Meeting these children, she thinks she knows the answer. She brings the children into her own crowded quarters. She works hard to protect the new children. As a camp nurse, she has a bit more freedom, and her long sleeve cover the tattoo marking her as a Jew, so she is able to walk to the kitchen area twice a day for food. She convinces guards' wives to give her extra clothes and blankets, and collects scraps of wood for the stove after dark. One day, the children surprise her with birthday gifts. Just as things begin to grow desperate, British soldiers arrive to liberate the camp. Because of Luba's bravery and generosity, 52 of the 54 "Diamond Children" survived through the end of the war.
Holocaust books for children are tricky. It's such a terrifying subject matter. This one manages to strike just the right balance, and Marshall's paintings are beautiful and haunting.
Here is an old Dateline NBC story I found about Luba Tryszynska-Frederick.
Thanks for celebrating strong women in history with us this month!