NAZIS STRIKE AGAIN: HOLLAND

Four Perfect Pebbles

YOU CAN SURVIVE WITH FAMILY, AND GET THROUGH A STRUGGLE WITH HOPE.

In Four Perfect Pebbles, the strength of a family and the hope they share to get through the Holocaust is shown in many ways.

"Four perfect pebbles. One for each of us." This quote shows symbolism between the pebbles and the family; as long as the pebbles are there, they'll keep the family together.

"And when Jewish blood spurts from the knife, then things will again go well!" This quote was from a Nazi marching song; even though the line was about killing a Jew, it gave the family more of a reason to fight. It was a reminder not to lose hope in this time of struggle. The theme of this book relates to the one of the book The Outsiders, because Johnny survived with the only known family to him- his Greasers. He got through the one of the roughest times of his life by hope given to him from his best friend, Ponyboy.

About the Author

Marion Blumenthal Lazan, one of the writers of this book, was in the Holocaust. This book is about the events her and her family went through during the years of Hitler and his attack to "kill off every last Jew in Europe". Her book, Four Perfect Pebbles, won the following awards:

  • A Notable Children's Book in the Field of Social Studies
  • An ALA Notable Book
  • An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • "Best of the Bunch Sydney Taylor Award Committee/Association of Jewish Librarians
  • IRA Young Adults Choice
  • Peoria Reads 2004 for Middle Schools