Chance: Escape from the Holocaust by Uri Shulevitz
Young years 8 years and up
Brooklyn Connection: Uri Shulevitz studied painting at the Brooklyn Museum Art School in the 1960s. He lives in New York City.
Chapter book recommended for readers age 8 to 13
With this biography of his childhood, Uri Shulevitz, one of the most acclaimed picture-book creators, details the eight-year odyssey of how he and his Jewish family escaped the terrors of the Nazis by fleeing Warsaw for the Soviet Union.
It was during those years, with threats at every turn, that the young Uri experienced his awakening as an artist, an experience that played a key role during this difficult time. By turns dreamlike and nightmarish, this heavily illustrated account of determination, courage, family loyalty, and the luck of coincidence is a true publishing event.
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Press, 2020