School Library Journal Review

Thank you School Library Journal for this wonderful review of my book, The Brave Cyclist: The True Story of a Holocaust Hero. Capstone Publishing, launching August 1st, already shipping on Amazon.

Big thanks to my wonderful editors Nick Healy and Michelle Bisson and my illustrator Chiara Fedele.

School Library Journal Review July, 2019

Gr 3-6–Gino Bartali transformed from skinny kid to beloved national hero when he worked hard to become the best cyclist in Italy. On his 17th birthday, Bartali began to enter cycling races. By 21, his relentless dedication and determination opened up new opportunities. Using his fame as a Tour de France winner to his advantage, he delivered documents that helped Jewish people escape the Nazi regime. Cardinal Elia Dalla Costa, the archbishop of the church in Florence, recruited Bartali to assist in this lifesaving mission. Although aiding Jewish people was a crime punishable by imprisonment or death, Bartali believed that this form of political resistance was more than worth the risk. Hoffman’s clear writing and Fedele’s lush illustrations make the heavy subject matter of the Holocaust comprehensible to younger readers. The story of how an ordinary boy became an extraordinary athlete is enough to pull in those reluctant to read about the Holocaust. The book shows that anyone can use their unique skills to be a hero. The up-to-date bibliography lists a variety of sources including books, documentaries, and news articles. VERDICT Hoffman offers an accessible biography about a little-known athlete and Holocaust hero; a much-needed addition to historical collections. 

–Parnell Memorial Library, Montevallo, AL

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Pete the pea goes to camp

Pete the pea spent the day at Camp Shemesh where he launched his carrot spaceship and blasted off to delight some super smart campers.

He was crushed by a satellite but rescued by the Corn-Trol shuttle.

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Shemesh 1 copy

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Manifesto of Race, July 14th 1938

Today, July 14th 1938, the Manifesto of Race was published in Italy. The antisemitic laws stripped Italian Jews from basic rights. This dark time in history is depicted in my upcoming book, The Brave Cyclist: The True Story of a Holocaust Hero, #Capston  illustrated by Chiara Fedele.

#Holocaust  #cycling #ginobartali #italy #nonfiction #worldwar #jews #juvenileliterature  #tourdefrance  #race #Girod’Italia #Hitler #Mussolini #dictatorship #competition #Ilduce #yadvashem #righteousamongthenations   #antisemitism  #yomhashoa #capstone #classroombookaday

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Barnyard Bubbe’s Hanukkah

One of the things that I love to do on my blog is write reviews for books that I feel are amusing, enchanting and enriching.

One such book is a little gem, Barnyard Bubbe’s Hanukkah, written by Joni Klein-Higger and Barbara Sharf, illustrated by Monica Gutierrez. Kar-Ben Publishing.

This is a super adorable Hanukkah counting book that also introduces kids to farm animals.

The  colorful warm illustrations have a great child appeal. To add to the suspense, the illustrator provides visual clues of each animal’s leg as it knocks on Bubbe’s door and only at the end we get to see a full image of each animal.

All in all, a perfect book to read with your little ones while lighting the menorah and eating latkes. Highly recommended.

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A Universe of Stories

As you probably know, the Early Literacy 2019 summer theme for the New York State Public Library is: A Universe of Stories, concentrating mainly on outer space.

Today, I presented Astro Pea at the Larchmont Public Library where Pete the pea launched to space on his carrot spaceship. We counted backward from 10-1, then yelled as loud as we could- BLAST OFF!!

It was an Astro Fun Time. To my librarian FB friends- I would love to blast off this summer at your library.  Message me & I’ll send you a program brochure.

Larchmont library Adtronaut station

larchmont library Universe of stories

Tour de France

Today is the start date for the Tour de France. #GinoBartali won this most prestigious race in 1938 and then again, in 1948. Here’s a scene of this exciting race in my book, The Brave Cyclist Capstone illustrated by the super talanted Chiara Fedele
The book is already available for purchase on Amazon.
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