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The Cats in Krasinski Square

When Karen Hesse came upon a short article about cats out-foxing the Gestapo at the train station in Warsaw during WWII, she couldn't get the story out of her mind. The result is this stirring account of a Jewish girl's involvement in the Resistance. A young Jewish girl and her sister are helping members of the resistance smuggle food into the Warsaw ghetto when they learn the Gestapo's plans to bring dogs to sniff out the smugglers. How will the smugglers evade the dogs? Why, with cats!

With help of dozens of people -- and dozens of cats from Krasinski Square -- resistance members are able to create enough chaos that the smugglers can slip off into the crowd... and people living in the Ghetto get the food they need for one more day.

At once terrifying and soulful, this fictional account, borne of meticulous research, is a testament to history and to our passionate will to survive, as only Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse can write it.


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"In luminous free verse, Hesse's latest picture book tells a powerful story of a young Jewish girl who, together with her older sister, ingeniously fights the Nazi occupation of Warsaw....It's an empowering story about the bravery and impact of young people, and Hesse's clear, spare poetry, from the girl's viewpoint, refers to the hardships suffered without didacticism. In bold, black lines and washes of smoky gray and ochre, Watson's arresting images echo the pared-down language as well as the hope that shines like the glints of sunlight on Krasinski Square." -- Gillian Engberg, Booklist

Product Details

Recommended Age 6 - 9
Author Karen Hesse
Illustrator Wendy Watson
ISBN 0439435404
Publication Date Sep 1, 2004
Publisher Scholastic Press
Language English