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No Pretty Pictures

No Pretty Pictures (Paperback, illustrated edition)

By Lobel, Anita

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A finalist for the National Book Award, Lobel's unforgettable memoir paints a disturbing picture of a child hiding from the Nazis in World War II. Since coming to the United States as a teenager, Lobel has spent her life as an author and illustrator of picture books.

ISBN 9780061565892
Barcode 9780061565892
Published 12 December 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback, illustrated edition
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ISBN-13 9780061565892
ISBN-10 006156589X
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date 12 December 2008
International Publication Date 16 September 2008
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback, illustrated edition
Edition illustrated edition
Author(s) By Lobel, Anita
Category History
Other Reference Material & Works
Personal, Health & Social Education (Phase)
Reference Works
Number of Pages 239
Dimensions Width: 203mm
Height: 134mm
Spine: 17mm
Weight 264g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
Library of Congress Holocaust survivors, Jewish children in the Holocaust, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), Lobel, Anita - Childhood and youth, Jews - Poland - Krakow
NBS Text Young Adult General Interest & Leisure
ONIX Text Children/juvenile;Primary & secondary/elementary & high school
Dewey Code B
Catalogue Code 43411

Description of this Book

The beloved Caldecott Honor artist now recounts a tale of vastly different kind -- her own achingly potent memoir of a childhood of flight, imprisonment, and uncommon bravery in Nazi-occupied Poland. Anita Lobel was barely five when the war began and sixteen by the time she came to America from Sweden, where she had been sent to recover at the end of the war. This haunting book, illustrated with the author's archival photographs, is the remarkable account of her life during those years. Poised, forthright, and always ready to embrace life, Anita Lobel is the main character in the most personal story she will ever tell.Anita Lobel was barely five years old when World War II began and the Nazis burst into her home in Krakow, Poland, changing her life forever. She spent the days of her childhood in hiding with her brother--who was disguised as a girl--and their Catholic nanny in the countryside, the ghetto, and finally in a convent where the Nazis caught up with her. She was imprisoned in a succession of concentration camps until the end of the war. Sent by the Red Cross to recuperate in Sweden, she slowly blossomed as she discovered books and language and art. Since coming to the United States as a teenager, Anita Lobel has spent her life making pictures. She has never gone back. She has never looked back. Until now. 00-01 Tayshas High School Reading List Anita Lobel was barely five years old when World War II began and the Nazis burst into her home in Krakow, Poland, changing her life forever. She spent the days of her childhood in hiding with her brother--who was disguised as a girl--and their Catholic nanny in the countryside, the ghetto, and finally in a convent where the Naziscaught up with her. She was imprisoned in a succession of concentration camps until the end of the war. Sent by the Red Cross to recuperate in Sweden, she slowly blossomed as she discovered books and language and art. Since coming to the United States as a teenager, Anita Lobel has spent her life making pictures. She has never gone back. She has never looked back. Until now.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review This piercing and graceful account is rewarding for readers of all ages. -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) A compelling read, delicate yet powerful. -- The Chicago Tribune Anita Lobel's disturbing memoir is neither sentimental nor exploitative...The memory is raw. The storytelling frames it. The message is that there is no meaning in this suffering. -- The New York Times Book Review The truth of the child's viewpoint is the strength of this Holocaust survivor story, told with physical immediacy and no 'pride of victimhood.' -- Booklist (starred review) Notable both as an account of survival and as a revelation of a remarkable human being...there are moments of description that are intensely visual and vivid, and will not easily be forgotten. --The Horn Book

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Author's Bio

Anita Lobel's name is synonymous with the best in children's literature. She is the creator of such classics as Alison's Zinnia and Away from Home, and she received a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in On Market Street. She is the creator of two books about her cat, Nini, One Lighthouse, One Moon (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), and Nini Here and There. Her childhood memoir, No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Anita Lobel lives in New York City.

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