The Crys­tal Beads, Lalka­’s Journey

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September 1, 2021

In 1939 Poland, a young Jew­ish girl is asked by her moth­er to give up her prized pos­ses­sion — a Star of David neck­lace giv­en to her by her father short­ly before he died. In exchange, the moth­er hands the girl a rosary and teach­es the child to play a game. As the Nazis invade the coun­try, the moth­er places her daugh­ter in the hands of nuns at a con­vent school, whose com­pas­sion also puts them at risk. The child then faces a ter­ri­fy­ing encounter with Nazis who con­front her iden­ti­ty. The lit­tle girl then recalls the game taught to her by her moth­er. This book was inspired by a true sto­ry. Although told through the eyes of a young girl, it is writ­ten for read­ers of all ages. It con­tains two study guides. One guide is for chil­dren, par­ents, and teach­ers. The oth­er is for adults who gath­er in places of wor­ship, book clubs, and small groups.

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