Let The Celebrations Begin!

Let The Celebrations Begin A child who remembers life at home before life in a concentration camp makes toys with the women to give to the other children at the very special party they are going to have when the soldiers arri

  • Title: Let The Celebrations Begin!
  • Author: Margaret Wild Julie Vivas
  • ISBN: 9780531059371
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A child, who remembers life at home before life in a concentration camp, makes toys with the women to give to the other children at the very special party they are going to have when the soldiers arrive to liberate the camp.

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    About “Margaret Wild Julie Vivas

    • Margaret Wild Julie Vivas

      Margaret Wild has written than seventy books and has been published around the world Her numerous awards and distinctions include the Children s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award for Jenny Angel, illustrated by Anne Spudvilas The Very Best of Friends, illustrated by Julie Vivas and Fox, illustrated by Ron Brooks In 2008 she received the Nan Chauncy Award for an outstanding contribution to children s literature in Australia A Bit of Company and Going Home, illustrated by Wayne Harris, were published in 2009 by Walker Books Australia as part of the Walker Classic series Margaret Wild was the winner of the 2011 Lady Cutler Award.Vampyre is a finalist in the 2012 Aurealis Awards in the CHILDREN S FICTION told primarily through pictures category.Australian children s book author.enpedia wiki Margaret



    399 thoughts on “Let The Celebrations Begin!

    • What a subject to tackle in a picture book. I love when authors find a creative angle and bravery to approach such an uncomfortable topic with children. We need more of these books. LET THE CELEBRATIONS BEGIN is the story of women and children in a Nazi imprisonment camp who are hoping to soon be freed. There is a quiet optimism that runs through the text and color palate. Certainly not a story for children under 5, but for approaching this horrific part of world history with older children this [...]


    • This picture book is set inside a Nazi prison camp and follows the efforts of older characters in making toys for the young children. At the end of the story the camp is liberated by Allied soldiers and a celebration begins. The book in and of itself is not necessarily "bad", but there are several major concerns that arose during my reading.For one, while the book is described as Holocaust literature for young students, it avoids actual encounters with Holocaust material. For instance, as mentio [...]


    • The story absolutely must be told, and retold, and then told again. This terrible, tragic time in history must never be forgotten. Imagine then my surprise when I saw a children’s picture book that even broached the story of The Holocaust! I thought there was no way this horror could be told or pictured for the ears and eyes of the young. But of course, the young were there experiencing that terrible time. Then I realized the author and illustrator had taken that very facet – children in a p [...]


    • This book is very well written and like nothing I’ve ever read before. The holocaust is a very sad topic, but this author finds a way to highlight the hope in a very sad situation. The people use parts of the little bit of clothes they have to make toys to use when they are set free. They are hopeful that they will be set free soon. The pictures are good for the topic. The illustrator uses mostly faded and dull colors, showing that the people have been there for a long time, their clothes are [...]


    • Not based on a true story, but that possibility becomes more real after reading the quote from _Antique Toys and Their Background_: "A small collection of stuffed toys has been preserved which were made by Polish women in Belsen for the first children's party held after the liberation." This is a powerful book. Words and illustrations couldn't work more beautifully together. It doesn't TELL a story of the Holocaust, it SHOWS it. Brilliantly, with a quiet serenity that makes it over-the-top-speci [...]



    • After being in Auschwitz it is amazing that anyone survived, let alone survived with dignity. Beautiful story based on true events that brought tears to my eyes. And of course the amazing Julie Vivas illustrations give the story a quiet tenderness.


    • I received this book as a prize in a book promotion. What a pleasant surprise! The author tackles a subject usually considered verboten for young children and turns it into a beautiful lesson of hope rather than sorrow.Although the publisher targets the book for readers age four and up, I feel that it is most appropriate for children in grades two and up. Children will immediately have questions when they see the characters depicted wearing rags and little or no hair. Miriam is the narrator who [...]


    • Let the Celebrations Begin by Margaret Wild and Julie Vivas is the story of a young girl, Miriam, in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. It is difficult to read this sensitive and gentle book without feeling great sadness for the event that was the Holocaust. However, the contextual and background knowledge that an adult reader can bring to this novel far outweighs that of a young adolescent reader. My feeling is that, whilst this is a story that must be told, its significance would be lo [...]


    • A sensitive handling of an incredibly difficult topic. This book for young children about the Holocaust focuses on how one child helps make toys for a celebration to be held after the camp is liberated. It doesn't focus on the brutality, though it does discuss the hunger and horrible conditions, but focuses on the liberation. While some will complain that this doesn't go into detail about the evils of the Holocaust, I find it unfair to criticize a book for not being what it wasn't intended to be [...]


    • It is hard to hold back tears when you read this book. Both the author, Margaret Wild, and the illustrator, Julie Vivas, have a special talent to bring tough and sensitive topics like the Holocaust to the understanding of children. While you do not see barbed wires and incarcerated adults in concentration campus, one could feel the terrible suffering of millions of people during the the Holocaust. The book ends on a note of hope when children celebrated with soldiers who came to liberate them.


    • I really enjoyed reading the book, "Let The Celebrations Begin." I thought the reading was very easy for a child. I liked the way the author kept repeating, "the women and I, for our special party" for a child I think is it important to continue to remind them for what they are reading. In this case a party was going to happen, I wanted to know what toys the women were making for the kids out of their own clothes.On the other hand I got confused on why the word "Rheumatism" was being used in a c [...]


    • Based on actual events in WWII concentration camps as liberation neared, this is the story of a group of women prisoners who patched toys together (literally) from the meager scraps of their lives to assure that the few children who survived with them would have a celebration once the Allies reached them to release them. Author's note confirms the actual events and artifacts on which this is based.


    • Very difficult topic but a brilliant way to address it. It was hard to read but very worthwhile. All children should be taught about the Holocaust (once they reach an appropriate age and with carefully selected materials) and this is the first book that I've seen that does that very well.



    • One author's take on how young children felt in Nazi concentration camps. Parents and older siblings keep hope alive by creating toys from scraps of cloth.




    • Great book - very difficult topic but very sensitively handled. It was a great book for generating questions amongst the students but none which went beyond the realms of age appropriate.




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