Each week, I share a book the boys are reading from the library and a book I am reading. The book Talk Peace, which I have been reading to the boys could have been featured almost any week because the boys love it so much that we just kept rechecking it from the library -- so many times in fact that we hit our limit. I may have to buy it for them. Written by Sam Williams and illustrated by Mique Moriuchi, the book shares the message that it is always possible to talk peace, whether you talk high or talk low and even proclaims that we can dance peace. We have certainly had some peace dancing at our house with this book. I love the illustrations and the fact that the children in the book reflect the world all around us in their diversity and beauty. It underscores an important message and shares that message in a fun way.
I have been reading about war -- well not in the way you might think, though. The powerful book I finished last night is Things We Couldn't Say by Diet Eman with James Schaap. I realize, too, that it is a great book to share for Women's History Month because Diet is an extraordinary woman that many of us have never heard of. This book is her amazing story. Diet was a young woman living in The Hague in The Netherlands when Germany invaded and occupied the country during World War II. Initially, she defied the occupiers in small ways by refusing to speak German -- ever. Eventually, though, when the Germans began persecuting Jews and then working to round them up and send them to Germany, Diet (and her fiancee) knew they had to do more. She saved hundreds of lives as a part of the Dutch Resistance finding farm homes for Jewish families to hide out in and then biking (and later walking) throughout the country to ensure that the families had enough ration cards, false IDs and other items to survive. Her work became even more important when the Germans began forcing Dutch men of a healthy age to go to Germany to work for the war effort (against their will of course). As a woman, she could travel more easily, though she still did end up spending time in jail and in a concentration camp.
What struck me the most about her story was that despite the horror she personally witnessed, she kept her faith and her commitment to helping others and saving as many people as she could -- even though it cost her dearly. (Many that she loved and cherished died in concentration camps). The resistance group she helped form with her fiancee was called HEIN (Help Elkander In Nood, meaning helping each other need). The book consists of her memories, diary entries and letters she and her fiancee wrote to one another. It has lead me to wonder if I would be so brave and risk so much to help others if I were put in that situation. I would like to think that I would. It also inspires me to always remember to do what I can to help others in need. I feel blessed to have discovered this book. Diet is 92 and still living. You can read excerpts of the book here.
Shared at: The Sunday Showcase, Sources of Inspiration, The Children's Bookshelf.
Other posts from Project 101 and More:
|Week 1 of the Project|
|Week 3: Rosa Parks + More|
|Acts of Kindness for Everyone|