Henrietta Szold grew up watching her parents helping escaping slaves in Civil War Baltimore, and she knew she wanted to help others too. She took Queen Esther, who bravely saved the Jews from the evil Haman, as a model and worked hard to save the Jewish people. In 1912, she founded the Jewish women's social justice organization, Hadassah, determined to offer emergency medical care to mothers and children in Palestine.
Then, when WWII broke out, she rescued Jewish children from the Holocaust, and broadened Hadassah's mission to include education, youth development, and women's rights. Hadassah offers free help to all who need it and continues its mission to this day. This captivating story of a courageous, compassionate, and service-driven woman is sure to spark kids' imaginations about how they could rescue people in need someday.
"Churnin presents Szold’s accomplishments with careful attention to historical accuracy. The explanation of Hitler’s extreme actions to destroy all Jews is informative, cogent, and accessible to young readers. The author’s tone is admiring, stressing Szold’s determination, courage, and endless compassion and reiterating her connection to the lessons of Purim. Nayberg employs light and shadow with elongated figures to illustrate the events and express the entire range of emotions felt by Szold, the people with whom she worked, and those whose lives she affected. A powerful introduction to a little-known, very brave woman." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||6 - 9|