By Meg Wiviott Illustrated by: Josee Bisaillon 10.62"x8.87 (32 Pages)Ages 8-11 Publisher: Kar-Ben, 2010
Benno was the neighborhood s favorite cat. During the week, he napped in a sunny corner of Mitzi Stein s dress shop, and begged scraps from Moshe the Butcher. He spent Shabbat evenings with Sophie Adler s family in Apartment 3B. But one night the Nazis came to Berlin. Windows were shattered, books were burned, and Benno s Jewish friends disappeared. Life would never be the same.
As a neighborhood cat observes the changes in German and Jewish families in its town during the period leading up to Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass that becomes the true beginning of the Holocaust, the cat's eye view introduces the Holocaust to children in a gentle way that can open discussions of this period.