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Refugee Child: My Memories of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution - HC
Refugee Child: My Memories of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution - HC
Refugee Child: My Memories of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution - HC
9780778727606 | In Stock
October 23, 2006 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, an important event for millions of North Americans of Hungarian descent. Refugee Child is the compelling story of children’s author Bobbie Kalman’s experiences as a young girl during the Hungarian Revolution. A touching roller-coaster ride of emotions, Kalman writes her story from the perspective of a nine-year-old. She relives both her frightening experiences, as well as some warm and funny memories of her family, her flight to freedom, and her life-changing adventures as a refugee.

Reading Level: Gr. 5
Interest Level: Gr. 4-adult
Guided Reading Level: P
Binding: Hardcover
Series: Refugee Child
Author(s): Bobbie Kalman

Size: 7″ × 9″
No. of Pages: 224
Index Included: Yes
Glossary Included: Yes

ATOS: 5.5
Dewey: 943.9052
Lexile: Not Available at this time.
Copyright: 2006

Refugee Child: My Memories of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

"The timeliness of this book is apropos as this past October commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution. The unique combination of a captivating narrative coupled with meticulously researched supporting factual information makes this book a great read as well as a good resource book. Highly recommended for all elementary school and public library collections." —Catholic Library World, 03/07 "Kalman tells the story of the Revolution from the perspective of the nine-year-old child she was at the time. She captures the exhilaration that buoyed the Hungarian people when they tried to oust the Soviets, the fear that gripped them when tanks rolled in to end the uprising, and her family’s despair at leaving their beloved grandparents behind when they escaped to Vienna. She brings the story to the present with a discussion of her marriage and family and her career as a children’s book author. An introduction provides background about Hungary, her family, and the difficulties of life under Communist rule, and a final chapter discusses the background of the 1956 Revolution and the liberation of Hungary in 1990. Family photos and color illustrations and maps supplement the text." —School Library Journal, 12/06 "In 1956, Bobbie Kalman was nine and living in Mosonmagyar�v�r, Hungary, a town made infamous when the state police opened fire on unarmed protestors during the Hungarian Revolution. Kalman records her memories of that day and her family's subsequent defection to Canada in Refugee Child, a book that combines historical and personal narrative with photographs and illustrations... Prolific author Kalman tells her own story for the first time, chronicling the excitement and terror that marked her family's nighttime escape to Austria. Her descriptions of her grandparents, and their final farewell, are particularly moving, and the narrative should make a profound impression on young readers about the real costs of forced immigration. Educators will find it a useful resource on a topic not otherwise well documented for children." — Quill and Quire magazine "Part memoir, part history, this moving book has many strengths. Kalman's decision to write her story from the perspective of a child works extremely well. Her choice of vocabulary and descriptions of the events capture the emotions of the time, effectively drawing the reader in. There are abundant family and archival photographs, maps and illustrations which add to the reader's understanding and enjoyment of the book. And, finally, those readers who only know Kalman as a name on a book title can now put a human face to the name and get to know her as a person, someone who has overcome adversity and has become an inspiration to others. Writing about herself, Kalman says that she will never forget the kindness shown to her by the Huber family in Austria and has spent the rest of her life "paying forward" that kindness to others. With world events such as they are today, this book, with its universal themes of oppression, war and displacement, is timely and inspirational. Highly Recommended." —CM Magazine, Jan 19/07