“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Russo, M. (2011). I will come back for you: A family hiding during world war II. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books.
Reading Level: 670L
Synopsis: Through fictional characters, this book tells the story of the author’s mother and family as they struggled to hide during World War II. Nonna explains her experience growing up Jewish in Italy as the Nazi government began to take over. As the Nazi’s came to town to send the Jews to a concentration camp, Nonna’s father joined the partigiani, and the rest of the family hid on a farm. Russo includes real photographs of her family on the first and last pages of the book in order to capture this time period.
Rationale for Classroom Use: This historical fiction text could be used in the classroom during a social studies unit on major historical events. Using the text, students could discuss the factual information presented in the text about World War II vs. the narration of one family’s story from the time period. Using the facts integrated throughout this text and supplemental research, students could begin to form a cause and effect chart related to the time period.
Common Core Connection:
1.C.1.2 Use literature to help people understand diverse cultures.
RI.3.3 Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
SL.3.1d Explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.