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The story of one boy’s struggle to reunite his family, on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

A young boy and his mother and sister were separated from their father when the Berlin Wall was built between East and West Germany. This story shows the family’s struggle as they try to cross the wall so they can be together again. This spectacular book is based on true stories about the Berlin Wall. Powerful illustrations teamed with an emotive storyline make this an impressive tale of triumph over adversity.

About the Author

Tom Clohosy Cole studied at Kingston University and is the author-illustrator of Space Race. He lives and works in London.

Praise For…

Out of this wrenching scenario Cole has fashioned a tight little narrative that has all the ambient foreboding of a fairy tale, the sense of children at the mercy of enormous, irrational, half-understood forces.
—New York Times Book Review

British illustrator Cole's life-affirming debut for children marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. ... Striking, expressionist graphics and a plainspoken, minimalist text distinguish this standout.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Cole successfully uses his broad strokes of bold color to define the differences between the east and west sides of the wall. ... Published to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the tearing down of the wall, this story appeals to children’s natural instinct for fairness and justice. ... However used, this powerful story of family, torn apart and reunited, allows children access to an important historical event by combining strikingly bold illustrations with a carefully worded text that engages and informs.
—School Library Journal

Cole’s dramatic digital illustrations fill the spreads with saturated color, dynamic composition, and atmospheric lighting, conveying the narrative’s powerful intensity. Though no direct mention is made of the Berlin Wall, or the complicated politics surrounding it, this emotional story, published on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the wall’s dismantling, invites further investigation and reflection, and it may be best appreciated by older children who will want to discuss the story’s challenging, powerful imagery.

Cole’s silk screen–like digital artwork conveys this reality with unusual thoughtfulness and complexity. The images focus on the cheerless Iron Curtain landscape, gloomy expanses punctuated by intrusive beams of light, and each contains a moment of contrast or surprise. ... Doll-like figures temper the story’s more difficult episodes, yet Cole never hides the terror and injustice of life under totalitarian government.
—Publishers Weekly

Published to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, this striking and graphically dramatic picture book makes accessible to young children the concept behind the fortified barrier that divided the city for nearly three decades. And through the young boy who narrates, 5- to 9-year-olds may begin to grasp the human cost.
—Wall Street Journal

Capturing perfectly the period after the Berlin Wall rose, the book’s dark, emotional digital illustrations put readers in the narrator’s shoes. ... The author makes the fear and paranoia of those times palpable here, insuring the book’s usefulness for a social studies class and a discussion of WWII’s aftermath. Readers will find themselves imagining how it must have felt to be separated from loved ones by a wall and what it would have been like to have to stand guard to prevent individuals from fleeing from East Berlin to West Berlin.
—Reading Today Online

Artwork dominates the simple plot, with the nightmare- inducing, razor wire–topped wall looming over the boy’s town, and perspectives are oriented so that viewers share the sightlines of rifle-wielding soldiers.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

This commemorative book sheds light on a dark chapter of history when concrete, barbed wire and soldiers divide a city and the world. ... Digital art, deeply shadowed and pierced by spotlights, dramatizes the high stakes and the happy ending.
—San Francisco Chronicle

A hardcover stunner for young readers... Timed to the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, this book invites parents to teach their kids about a difficult chapter in recent history without inducing any nightmares.
—Chicago Tribune

Product Details
ISBN: 9780763675608
ISBN-10: 0763675601
Publisher: Templar
Publication Date: October 14th, 2014
Pages: 32
Language: English