In 1912, a well-known doctor and writer named Janusz Korczak designed an extraordinary orphanage for Jewish children in Warsaw, Poland. Believing that children were capable of governing themselves, he encouraged the orphans to elect a parliament, run a court, and put out their own weekly newspaper. Even when Korczak was forced to move the orphanage into the Warsaw Ghetto after Hitler's rise to power, and couldn't afford to buy food and medicine for his charges, he never lost sight of his ideals. Fully committed to giving his children as much love as possible during a terrifying time, Korczak refused to abandon them...
Come to learn the whole story of Janusz Korczak with a wonderful book by Tomek Bogacki The Champion of Children
2009 National Jewish Book Award Finalist in the category of Illustrated Children's Books
"The endpapers offer a study in contrast, the first showing Warsaw before the war, full of red rooftops and tall trees, while the closing spread shows Warsaw after the war, awash with shadowy silvers and grays. An author's note describes how Bogacki, himself Polish-born, grew up hearing the stories of Korczak." -Bulletin ofthe Center for Children's Books
"Inspiring is a rare word for a realistic Holocaust title, but it is true of this picture-book biography."-Booklist
"For anyone teaching about the Holocaust, this moving portrait of humanitarian Janusz Korczak is worth a look." - Instructor
Come to the Kosciuszko Foundation to view the exhibit of Tomek Bogacki's illustrations from his well known Cat and Mouse and many others. ON VIEW THROUGH APRIL 15th, 2010.
The artwork and copies of The Champion of Children will be available for sale.
A portion of the sales will support the work of the Kosciuszko Foundation
TOMEK BOGACKI was born and grew up in Poland. He obtained a fine arts diploma from the Academy of Art in Warsaw, Poland in 1974. He has written and/or illustrated over a dozen books for children, including My First Garden, selected by the New York Times and Five Creatures by Emily Jenkins, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book.