The Number on My Grandfather's Arm by David Adler


By Eilish O'Sullivan
Grade 10

The following article is the summary of a book
read by a student who would like to recommend
this literature to you.

The Number on My Grandfather's Arm. David Adler.
(New York: UAHC Press, 1987.) 28 pages.

The Number on My Grandfather's Arm, by David Adler, is an excellent children's book about the Holocaust. The book tells about a grandfather who has a good relationship with his granddaughter, but has kept one secret from her...his past. One day she sees a number tattooed on her grandfather's arm and asks what it is. He then proceeds to tell her about his youth and the horrors of the Holocaust. This book explains, in simple enough terms, that a child can understand, the terrors of the Holocaust. The photographs of grandfather and grandchild make the book seem very real.

I think that it's nice that authors are writing books on such subjects. It is important to educate children so as to prevent them from repeating the tragedies of the past. If children read books such as this, then prejudice may be stopped before it has a chance to grow.


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