Sunday 29 January 2017

Tutti's Promise

Tutti's Promise
Author: K Heidi Fishman
ISBN: 9780990843016
Publication date: April 2017

Hi Everyone,

Tutti's Promise is an amazing story of a young girl and her family as they fight to survive the Holocaust.  It is written from the point of view of the child.  This is what captured me.  I have read many books on the Holocaust survival and they have all be brilliant bringing out stories of strength, endurance and survival beyond human belief.  I found Tutti's Promise to be all this, and more, as a child's account of her parent's courage and strength unveiled. 

Amongst all the trials, Tutti's father is able to buy her a doll of which he places all the money they have into the head chamber.  Tutti is then given the doll for her birthday.  Along with the doll comes the promise and challenge of never letting the doll from her protection, no matter what the circumstance.  I was touched by this.  As lists are placed on walls with the names of prisoners destined for the gas chambers, the last thing one would want would be their child screaming over a doll.  But, this was the family's future survival source.  As a mother I thought of what I would have my children do.  One then quickly realises the hope of the father and mother, and the strength of a daughter no matter how young.

The father amazed me in this novel.  He never gave up trying every resource available to him as he endeavoured to keep his family in the right places.  He managed to just scrape through many events. The family also struggled to keep extended family together, but never stopped in the effort to bring each family member back together.  It was a story that showed unbelievable family strength and connection.

For any middle grader, this book is a brilliant piece of history that will far exceed many history texts in the education of Holocaust survival.  The writing from a childs perspective, gives strength to the story.  The photos at the end show the family, Tutti, and her doll, all bring a sense of life to the book.  I would like to see this book used as a piece of educational history by teachers presenting the topic which remains a bit of history that continues to be told and shock every generation.  This is a piece of history that needs to be learnt from so it never surfaces again, to any degree, in the future.


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