Maus: Part I & II
By: Art Spiegelman
Age: Grade 7+
Before I begin this review, I want to make it clear that this novel is actually a graphic novel. It is one of the best forms of literature that I have ever read and I highly encourage you to read it for yourself and for your students/kids. This book takes on the story of a man's father who has survived WWII. It tells the story of a Jewish community that survives the concentration camps and all the details and things he had to do to get away from death. The Jews are viewed as mice in the book, as nazi are cats and the Americans are dogs. This story is a great way to start up a history unit, as it covers several aspects of society during WWII, along with a lot of relevant wars information and geography. This story is truly interesting and one that will keep you turning the pages. I do not want to give a lot of it away, as it is a quick read (took me about an hour) and is perfect for kids that do not enjoy picking up an intimidating book with 100 pages and small font.
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