Janusz Korczak's Children

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

In the years between WWI and WWII, young Henryk Goldszmidt dreamed of creating a better world for children. As an adult, using the pen name Janusz Korczak, he became a writer, doctor, and an enlightened leader in the field of education, unaware to what use his skills were destined to be put. Dr. Korczak established a Jewish orphanage in Warsaw where he introduced the world to his progressive ideas in child development and children’s rights. When the Nazis occupy Warsaw, the orphanage is moved to the ghetto, and when the 200 children in his care are deported, Dr. Korczak famously refuses to be saved, marching with his charges to the train that will take them to their deaths. This biography of Janusz Korczak is a chapter book for elementary school readers and has full color illustrations

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Social Studies
Copyright 2007
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2007-08-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF025090, JNF049110
Dewey 943.8'4
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6 x 8.5
Features Afterword, Bibliography/further reading, and Reviewed


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“. . .this quiet account of the hero is haunting, and his self-sacrifice is unforgettable.”

Jewish Book World

“This short chapter book with illustrations on each page…is a good way to introduce the subject of the Holocaust to children in grades 2-5.”

Library Media Connection

“This story is a poignant one, written in a way that will lead young children through the difficult issues.”
Library Media Connection

The Horn Book Guide

“This account of Dr. Janusz Korczak’s life maintains its power while still being accessible to young readers.”
The Horn Book Guide

Author: Gloria Spielman

Illustrator: Matthew Archambault