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Lisel’s Ocean Rescue by noted children’s author Barbara Krasner, recounts the story of Liesl Joseph, a 10 year old girl aboard the ill-fated MS St. Louis. On May 13, 1939, together with her parents and 937 other Jewish refugees they left Germany on the MS. St Louis attempting to seek temporary asylum in Cuba.Accomplished artist Avi Katz has beautifully illustrated this aLisel’s Ocean Rescue by noted children’s author Barbara Krasner, recounts the story of Liesl Joseph, a 10 year old girl aboard the ill-fated MS St. Louis. On May 13, 1939, together with her parents and 937 other Jewish refugees they left Germany on the MS. St Louis attempting to seek temporary asylum in Cuba.Accomplished artist Avi Katz has beautifully illustrated this age- appropriate, yet historically accurate story.Liesl’s Ocean Rescue is a worthy and strong addition to Holocaust literature and curriculum at the elementary school level. The book provides an excellent bibliography of additional resources and will facilitate teaching of a difficult but necessary subject. The poignant and uplifting account should encourage our children to stand up for what they believe is right and to make a positive difference in the lives of those less fortunate....

Title : Liesl's Ocean Rescue
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ISBN : 9780989084154
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Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Liesl's Ocean Rescue Reviews

  • Guy Vestal- Counter Culture Critic
    2018-11-23 18:29

    (Note for the author, please read the review in its entirety, not "see" only the first few paragraphs)I usually read the book to the girls, then have them read it to each other, but after the first few pages, I knew that methodology would not work here.As a parent, talking to other parents, let me get straight to the point, because I know your time is valuable beyond measure.This is not a "Childrens Book" by any means.The 9 year old lost sincere interest within the first few pages. The 8 year old the same. The 6 year old lost complete interest, by half way through. The 11 year old repeated every few pages that she was confused.Now let me explain. It is not because of their lack of knowledge in WWII. In fact, they have seen, and had narrated by me, movies such as "The Longest Day", "Patton", "Hell Is For Heroes", as well as Musicals, Comedies, and Dramas, that contain WWII as a central, or supporting theme. We have a deep military history, and respect for US, as well as world involvement in human conflict, but this work had little to no chance of impressing the seasoned child in 19th century history.The proper nouns were simply ridiculous. They were far beyond any type of elementary school ability to pronounce, let alone try and comprehend, via their place on the global map.The organization(s) mentioned, were far beyond the same level of comprehension. The story had little to no hope of being "entertaining" from the git-go. As a "family read", this work was an epic failure, that brought about confusion, and indifference, due to frustration in attention span.The vocabulary, and grammar usage was far beyond any realistic elementary school expectations, as well as the current stylings in speech of the new millenium, (how quick they were to be baffled by the word "cablegram". Even I was shocked to see it used.) and the history is simply 70+ years past in the timeline, which we know society has began to fade away from, due to changes in technology, and changing social issues. Any realistic presentation of WWII comes in High School, we all know that. The Jewish people have more pressing concerns with middle east tensions, and US involvement in hostilities, than they do addressing a holocaust that has very few living survivors to recount the horrors of a people who have moved on, and are actually a firm ally in western military powers. It is safe to say that the holocaust is best served/remembered, by successfully dealing with the hostilities fueled by the anti-semitism in the countries/lands that surround Israel. In my opinion, the story is not relevant to the elementary school child. Middle school... Maybe, High School, yes.Now am I shooting this down? No.As an "entertaining family read for all ages", this is not even close, don't waste either your time or money. But as a homeschool project for grades 4 through 7, I would highly suggest it as a very worthy curriculum that would address History, Geography, Psychology, and Sociology, as well as the Judeo-Christian worldview.This is not a Dr Seuss recitation of green eggs and ham, it is a serious book, about a serious topic, that overshoots its intended audience. This book has fabulous potential as a learning tool, but as an entertainment tool, it falls short.Who am I to make this judgement, besides being a parent of 8 Daughters?A successful homeschooler of selected children, and a string of letters that appear after my name (for what they are really worth) A.A,B.A,M.A,Th.DEntertainment wise, I give it a 2 star rating.Educational wise, I give it a 4 star rating.Which gives it a three star average.Here is the reactions of the children, polled after the read.The 11 year old: Try to shorten the book, it is too long, try to make the plot make sense. I was confused. Nice that it was about WWII, kinda. I was mostly confused, but it was a nice book. (She was being polite.) I liked the pictures. You should make the names more understandable, and easier to say. I could not tell some of the characters apart from each other.The 9 year old: It makes no sense. If it is going to be a childrens book, it has to make sense. I liked the illustrations. It shouldn't be so long. It should be an adults book. The 8 year old: They should put more pictures in the book, to make it more understandable. I liked that it was placed in WWII. I liked the illustrations, but they should put more color into it. The 6 year old: I was confused. I am sorry, but I am not trying to be mean, but you should put some color into those pictures. I liked the illustrations a lot, they were cool.Author Interview with Barbara Krasner#1.) Why this book? This particular story among so many that could have been told?I grew up hearing about the ship of Jewish refugees that the United States would not allow to land. It intrigued me. Decades later, I began to research the story and I interviewed several survivors, including Liesl Joseph Loeb.There have been books about the St. Louis for middle-grade and YA readers. Liesl’s Ocean Rescue is a picture book, beautifully illustrated by the talented Avi Katz. It’s not your typical Holocaust story; it doesn’t address daily life in extermination camps, for example. The St. Louis voyage occurred in May and June 1939. It’s the story of a young girl who adores her father and wants to help him do his job as head of the ship’s passenger committee.#2.) What is the target audience/demographic for this book? Liesl’s Ocean Rescue is best aimed at second through fifth grade. There is a curriculum/discussion guide on the Gihon River Press website.#3.) What preparation should parents take before introducing this book to their children?Parents can use the discussion guide. It asks some questions before reading the book as well as poses some afterward with some activities.#4.) What can we expect to see in the future? I write for both children and adults. I have several projects in progress, including two about the St. Louis, a novel in verse in several voices and a nonfiction narrative from the captain’s perspective. I’m shopping around a couple of picture book biographies and I’m under contract for my fourth book about my hometown, Kearny, New Jersey, focusing on biographies. I continue to write poetry and literary short fiction, much of it Holocaust related, based on my trips to Poland and the Czech Republic.#5.) In the voice of Liesl, tell us why this book is relevant to children 70+ years down the road from history.When I interviewed Liesl at her home in 2010, I asked her, “What do you want children to know about the St. Louis and how it affected you?” She replied, “We have learned that we cannot stand by idly and watch people being bullied, harassed, and punished for no reason. We have to take action and if we can’t handle a situation by ourselves, we have to go and get help and end a situation that is harming other people—other kids, other grown-ups.”

  • Alex Baugh
    2018-12-09 15:11

    I've read two books about European Jews escaping to Cuba in the late 1930s, and both were works of fiction based on true events. Passing through Havanna by Felicia Rosshandler is an interesting YA/Adult novel based on the author's experiences. The Other Half of Life by Kim Ablon Whitney is a middle grade/YA fictionalize version of the trip 938 Jews made on a ship sailing to Cuba and the US and Canada and not being allowed to enter one of these countries and based on the actual trip the MS St. Louis made in 1939.Liesl's Ocean Rescue is also a fictionalized version of the fated ship, the St. Louis and based on one girl's true experience of her disappointing trip to safety from the Nazis in Germany. Liesl's trip began on the night of her father's 56th birthday, November 9, 1938. While celebrating, the gestapo shows up and arrests her father simply because he was Jewish. Later that night, more Nazis showed up, but luckily Liesl's mother gets her out of the house in time. The following day they discover that their house was ransacked and everything is broken and ruin. The same destruction happened all over Germany, but only to Jewish homes and businesses.Liesl is sent to the country for safety, but a month later, after her father was released, her parents come to get her. It is time for the Joseph family to leave Germany. On May 13, 1939, they board the ship MS St. Louis and head for Cuba. On board, young Liesl experiences a freedom she has never known before. She is able to go wherever she wants, to sit wherever she pleases and even go to see the movies that are played on board, all things that Jews were forbidden to do in Nazi Germany. And Liesl enjoys her trip, exploring the ship, make friends with the crew and playing checkers with other new friends. But Cuba refuses to let the passengers enter Havana when the ship arrives, so does the US and Canada. Negotiations take place, with the Captain and Mr. Joseph heading a committee, hoping to find a country that would accept the fleeing Jews so they wouldn't have to return to Germany. In the end, countries are finally found that would accept the passengers. Barbara Krasner's Liesl's Ocean Rescue is the only book for younger readers that I have found that covers the ill-fated rescue voyage of the Jews on board the MS St. Louis. It is well written and sticks to Liesl's story, ending just as the passengers find places to go to, but I;m afraid the end is a little too abrupt. What happens to the Joseph family? It is included but it is in the Author's Note: the real Liesl and her family first went to London, England, and in 1940, they emigrated to the United States. I found this to be an excellent introduction to the Holocaust for young readers. It doesn't cover the Holocaust per se, but the ordeal of being Jewish and trying to get away from the Nazis even before the war started. Putting it into a story about a very confident, very friendly, and very happy 10 year old I think makes the story all that much more poignant. Along with and complimenting the story are black and white pencil illustrations by Avi Katz.Besides her Author's Note, Krasner has also included a Selected Bibliography and other sources for finding out more about the MS St. Louise and her passengers.Liesl's Ocean Rescue is an ideal picture book for older readers who want to learn more about the Holocaust and have an interest in realistic historical fiction.This book is recommended for readers age 8+This book was sent to me by the authorThis review was originally posted at The Children's War

  • Annette
    2018-12-06 18:10

    Summary:Lisel’s Ocean Rescue by noted children’s author Barbara Krasner, recounts the story of Liesl Joseph, a 10-year-old girl aboard the ill-fated MS St. Louis. On May 13, 1939, together with her parents and 900 other Jewish refugees, they left Germany on the MS. St Louis, attempting to seek temporary asylum in Cuba.My Thoughts:Holocaust stories are dear to my heart. I first heard the story of the Holocaust from the eyewitness accounts of my father (a soldier in Europe during WWII). Over the past eight years of writing book reviews, I've had the opportunity to read and review a long list of Holocaust stories. I've read a variety of examples of Holocaust books:I've read accounts written by adult children of Holocaust survivors. I've read unusual stories of Jewish women who married Nazis. I've read stories of men and women who helped Jewish children escape. I've read stories of people, inhumane people, who turned Jews in to the Nazis. I read a story of a group of Jewish people who banded together in a forest to defend themselves and hopefully survive.I've read stories of Jewish musicians who continued to play in an orchestra while imprisoned. The most difficult to read of the Holocaust stories always concerns the children. John F. Kennedy expressed, "Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future." I'd heard of the story of a group of Jewish people who left Germany by ship in hopes of beginning a new life in another country away from Nazi Germany. Until now, I'd not read a book about a child who lived through this terror. It is difficult for me to understand why their plight lasted so long? I don't understand why America did not provide refuge? Liesl's Ocean Rescue is written for children and it does not go in to political details and reasons. The focus is on Liesl's story. What she experienced during the time of leaving Germany, on board the ship, and afterwards. From the beginning pages, Krasner shows the fear and anxiety of living in Germany during the Kristallnact. Jews who were able to leave the country left. It was a difficult choice to leave behind homes and businesses, family and friends. However, survival was of magnitude importance. I love both the story and the illustrations. I recommend the book as both a historical lesson and a book to challenge the mind of a child. I believe an adult will need to be available to further discuss its content. The illustration that captured my attention and emotion the most, is when the people are waiting to disembark the ship, and Cuban soldiers will not let them. The illustration speaks volumes.

  • Pat
    2018-12-07 22:25

    Liesl's Ocean Rescue by Barbara Krasner is a facinating children's book. It is based on the true story of ten year old Liesl Joseph and her family's escape from the Holocaust in 1938.The many illustrations by Avi Katz, while in black and white, are wonderful and show great detail and expressions on people's faces.This is a children's book and does not go in to great detail, but introduces this story. While Cuba would not accept the passengers of the S.S. St. Louis, it concludes with the good news that other, European, countries were willing to accept the passengers.After reading it, I wanted to learn more about the plight of the S.S. St. Louis after a failed attempt to enter Cuba with Jewish passengers escaping from the Holocaust in Germany. Here is a link to more information about the S.S. St. Louis:From Jewish Virtual Library: U.S. Policy During the Holocaust: The Tragedy of S.S. St. Louis (below is a short excerpt):"Having crossed the Atlantic Ocean twice, the passengers' original hopes of freedom in Cuba and the U.S. turned into a forlorn effort to escape sure death upon their return to Germany. Feeling alone and rejected by the world, the passengers returned to Europe in June 1939. With World War II just months away, many of these passengers were sent East with the occupation of the countries to which they had been sent."However, in the author, Barbara Krasner's notes at the end of the book, Liesl Joseph and her family came to America in 1940 and settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.After reading an excellent review of this book @ Anna's book blog: Diary of an Eccentric, I requested it from iRead Book Tours for review. Here is a link to Anna's review: Review: Liesl's Ocean Rescue by Barbara Krasner, illustrations by Avi Katz.This is my first children's book review. I would like to thank the author Barbara Krasner, Gihon River Press and iReadBookTours for providing me with an Advanced Readers Copy for review.My Book Blog:

  • Patricia Tilton
    2018-12-04 15:32

    Ten-year-old Liesl Joseph and her family were enjoying breakfast when two uniformed men wearing Nazi swastika armbands burst into their home and arrested her father. That 1938 night in Rheydt, Jewish businesses were destroyed and synagogues were burned. It was called the “Night of the Broken Glass.” Liesl’s father was eventually released from jail. Her family along with 1,000 Jewish refugees, fled Germany in May 1939, aboard the MS St. Louis ocean liner, for temporary asylum in Havana, Cuba and later in America. When they approached Cuba, the ship wasn’t permitted to dock. They were stranded for weeks sailing back and forth between Cuba and the United States not knowing if they’d be sent back to Germany.Barbara Krasner has written a compelling story based on the true experiences of Liesl, who is heroic in her own way. Despite her own fear, she does her best to keep up the spirits of the children aboard the ship. She plays games and reassures them things will turn out okay. Her father, a lawyer, is busy negotiating arrangements with the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Paris, for safe passage to other European countries.Liesl’s Ocean Rescue is an excellent addition to any school’s Holocaust collection. Although this is a picture book, I believe it would also serve well as a chapter book for older children. My only negative comment is that I felt the story ended abruptly. Avi Katz’s black and white illustrations are expressive and capture emotions ranging from the fear during the German raids to the anxious moments of the refugees aboard the ship. Make sure you read the author's notes at the end about meeting Liesl.

  • M.M. Hudson
    2018-11-30 21:17

    It is hard for me to fathom a group of people being persecuted to the point they could be arrested, having to leave their home in fear, or worse killed. It is hard to think that freedom is not necessarily for all.This is the true story of Liesl and her family who left to avoid being killed, her father already being jailed just after his 56th birthday. Liesl was a help on the USS St. Louis but like the other passengers became stuck out in the ocean for several weeks when Cuba nor the US would allow the ship to port.It seems they would never be rescued but her father worked hard to find shelter somewhere. The back of the book lets the reader know what Liesl's ultimate fate was. I will of course not reveal this to you because I want you to read the book.This book is for a bit older child and should be included in any Holocaust studies. A complete bibliography is also given in the back for further reading.The illustrations are all in black in white drawings and are a nice addition to the story as a whole. The only negative I have to say about this book is it does seem to end abruptly. I had hoped to read a continuation and not just a post script in the back.Overall, I give it four stars. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. This review is also part of the iRead Book Tour.

  • Trish
    2018-11-22 17:20

    Liesl's Ocean Rescue is a picture book by Barbara Krasner, illustrated by Avi Katz. This moving story for children is based on a real life person, Liesl Joseph Loeb. Liesl was 10 years old when she left Germany with her parents in 1939. They traveled with 900 other Jewish refugees on the MS St. Louis to Havana, Cuba.Incredibly, the boat was turned away in Cuba and also could not find harbor in the United States. Liesl's father negotiated with the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee's Paris Office and found refuge for the boat's passengers.This book has a powerful message for elementary school level children about Jewish history and the power of heroic people to overcome. There is a historical note by the author at the end of the book, as well as a list of books and DVDs for further study. Liesl's Ocean Rescue is movingly told, with a narrative that begins in Germany in 1938 and ends with safety for the MS St. Louis passengers in 1939. Liesl is a brave and inspiring girl, and she will capture the hearts of young readers. The illustrations by Avi Katz are beautifully done.I highly recommend this book for young readers, for classroom study, and for home libraries.

  • Katrina Roets
    2018-12-14 17:30

    Liesl's Ocean Rescue speaks to a time when the world was in chaos and so many were just trying to survive. It's honestly a piece of history that I didn't know about until I picked up this book. The book, while an easy read, is geared more towards older children than younger. It tells Liesl's story in such a way that none of the more disturbing truths about that time come through so I promise that your child will not be traumatised, just a bit more knowledgeable. If I had any complaint about this book, I felt as if it were abrupt and would have worked better as a short chapter book than in the format that it's in. I did especially appreciate and enjoy the black and white art work that is throughout the book. I'm dubbing this one a great book for the history lover in all of us.

  • Dawn
    2018-12-02 20:36

    Liesl Joseph was a 10 year old Jewish girl whose family fled Germany in 1939 with 1000 other Jewish refugees. I didn’t know the story of the MS St. Louis and that they were turned away by Cuba and the U.S.This is an important story for children to learn and to discuss with adults. Barbara Krasner tells Liesl’s story in a way that children can understand, but also in a positive way which I imagine was a challenge. It includes a bibliography at the end which is a great resource for educators or parents who want to learn more about the St. Louis.Liesl’s Ocean Rescue is about a difficult time in history but it’s something that children need to learn. I definitely recommend this book as a tool for teaching children about that period of history.

  • Leila
    2018-12-09 20:40

    Liesl’s Ocean Rescue was a short, easy read that both my 1st grader and my 3rd grader could read.It followed the Jewish community in Germany with an arrest, vandalism, and then boarding a ship (MS St. Louis) to Havana, Cuba, where they were not permitted to enter.The book did not go into details that I would worry about my children reading and was appropriate for kids.Being one who likes to learn about history, my 8 year old really did enjoy this book.The pages did not hold a lot of words and the words were easy to read. While my 1st grader can read it on his own without difficulty, it was a book that we had to split up over a couple of nights. I would recommend this book for 2nd grade and older.

  • Brooke Bumgardner (Brooke Blogs)
    2018-11-16 18:29

    Liesl's Ocean Rescue by Barbara Krasner is a wonderful story about a tragic event. She has written about the Holocaust in such a way that it is educational and appropriate for all ages to read. I read this with my 12 year old and 3 year old. The illustrations are gorgeous and tastefully done, lending respect to the story. I liked that this is based on true events. I really felt connected to Liesl and her journey. This would be an excellent book to have in a classroom as a supplement to Holocaust studies. I will seek out more books written by this author.I received a copy for review purposes, but my opinion was not influenced in any way.