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Today's topic: Kids' books

Family is important to children. Two books reflective of that are Are You My Mother? for beginning readers and Jacob's Rescue, a Yearling Book for older children.

In Are You My Mother? a baby bird sets out to find his mother. Along the way he meets several other characters. The illustrations are very basic, in a cartoon style, that young readers will enjoy. The words are simple and repetitive, making this a nice book for a child to read to a parent or a younger sibling.

Does baby bird find his mother? You'll have to read the book to find out. (Written and Illustrated by P.D. Eastman. Published by Beginner Books, a Division of Random House Inc. Ages 4-8.)

Poland is the backdrop for Jacob's Rescue A Holocaust Story.

Jacob Gutgeld lives with his family in a beautiful home in Poland. When the Nazis invade Poland in 1939, he and his family find that it isn't safe to be Jewish anymore.

This true story is told through the eyes of the 8-year-old boy who finds hiding and hunger a way of life in war-torn Poland. He must trust his safety to the Roslans, a Polish family he has never met before.

Separated from his parents and brothers, he not only wonders when they will be reunited but also if they are even alive. At one point the Gestapo search the apartment and come within inches of discovering Jacob.

For four years he grows up in the shadow of death. Not allowed outside or even to look out the window, Jacob yearns for the warmth of the sun and the pleasures of school.

This book should be required reading. Written for children ages 9-12, it is nevertheless a story all ages should hear. Pictures of the Roslans and Jacob as a child and as a man bring the book full circle. (Written by Malka Drucker and Michael Halperin. A Yearling Book published by Dell Publishing, 1993.)

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