A Picture of Grandmother

By Esther Hautzig; Beth Peck (Illustrator)
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374359201, 80pp.)

Publication Date: September 2002

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A moving story of a secret that tears a family apart and the love that brings it together

When Sara sees the large blue-and-white envelope that came in the mail, she knows it's from her uncle Benjamin in America. Usually he sends wonderful photographs of his life in Brooklyn, but this time Benjamin has invited Mama and Grandmother Hanna to the 1939 World's Fair in New York, and instead of sending pictures, he's requested an old photo of his mother - a picture that Sara has never seen and a request that upsets her mother. Assuming that the photo has been lost, Sara takes it upon herself to find it. But no one in the family will talk to her about it. That's why Sara goes to visit her outspoken aunt Lisa, knowing she will have some answers for her. But the answer Sara gets is one she never expected to hear.

Esther Hautzig's clear, evocative telling and Beth Peck's lovely renderings from old photographs create a vivid portrait of a family on the eve of World War II.

About the Author

Esther Hautzig is the author of The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, as well as many other acclaimed works. She lives in New York City.

Beth Peck is the illustrator of many books for children, including Colby Rodowsky's Jason Rat-a-tat. She lives in Menomonie, Wisconsin.

Praise For A Picture of Grandmother

"Sheltered by her close-knit, extended Jewish family in Vilna, Sara catches a whiff of mystery when a letter arrives from her American uncle . . . The characters brim with life, and each leaves the impression of a rich personal history. Hautzig is at her best when evoking childhood idylls." - Publishers Weekly

"Readers will enjoy learning about Jewish life in early twentieth-Century Poland."  --Signal

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