16 photographs, Discussion questions available at JPS.org; For ages 5–8
Of all the places in the world, Uri really loves to be at his grandparents’ house. There he can stay up way past his bedtime and eat as many sweets from the chocolate box as he likes. There’s only one forbidden place in that house: the third drawer in Grandpa’s desk. This drawer is locked. No one ever opens it until one day when Uri finds the key to the third drawer. From that moment, nothing is ever the same.
Grandpa’s Third Drawer takes up the difficult challenge of discussing the Holocaust with young children, of teaching its heritage and memory, all in a gentle and unobtrusive manner. The story of a silent grandfather unexpectedly confronted by his curious and loving grandchild is accompanied by rich illustrations that show authentic preserved objects donated by Holocaust survivors from Theresienstadt.
“It was with great eagerness that I read this beautiful book. Its warmth will move many students and readers.”—Eli Wiesel
“Grandpa’s Third Drawer is an organized and clear story that enables young readers to confront the hardest of stories to tell.”—Yael Dar, Ha’aretz, Israel’s oldest newspaper