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The Secret of Gabis Dresser

by Kathy Kacer

Second Story Press | April 15, 1999 | Trade Paperback

The Secret of Gabis Dresser is rated 5 out of 5 by 6.
The heroine, Gabi, recounts how as a young Jewish girl she lived on a family farm in Eastern Europe during the Second World War. She describes her community before the Nazi occupation and the events that unfolded afterwards. When the Nazis conducted house searches for Jewish children, Gabi successfully hid in the dining-room dresser. The only thing retrieved from the home after the war was the dresser that saved Gabi’s life. It now sits in author Kathy Kacer’s home in Toronto. Kacer is Gabi’s daughter, and has based the story on her mother’s experiences.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 128 pages, 7.49 × 5.25 × 0.3 in

Published: April 15, 1999

Publisher: Second Story Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1896764150

ISBN - 13: 9781896764153

Appropriate for ages: 9

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!! This book is great! The auther, Kathy Kacer, went to my school and talked about what it was like for her mom, Gabriela, during WWII. We even got a chance to buy some of her books! I bought, of course, The Secret Of Gabi's Dresser, and another one, Home Free. They were both really good.
Date published: 2007-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellant This book was really well written, Kathy made it easy to understand the history of the 2nd World War. It is amazing to think about what people went through when there was so much anger in the world. I would seggust this book to anyone, not just people 8-11, i mean iam 13 and i loved it!!
Date published: 2001-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Book! The Secret of Gabi's Dresser was a great book! If you are around the age of nine to eleven you should deffinatly read this book! If you don't have this book its deffinatly worth buying.
Date published: 2000-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great history for kids Inspired by her mother’s wartime experiences, Kacer wrote this semi-fictional account of a young Jewish girl in Czechoslovakia during the Holocaust. Gabi has a carefree existence, full of friends and traditions, until the Nazis invade Czechoslovakia. Suddenly Gabi’s happy life is shattered. Unwilling to leave their home, Gabi and her mother endure the restrictions and harassment imposed upon Jews for three years until the terrifying day when Gabi must hide in her mother’s dresser to avoid being taken away by the Nazis. Simple, moving and relatively free of violence, this story is suitable for ages eight and up.
Date published: 2000-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent to read together I started reading this book with two of my kids and they, initially, were hesitant - especially after reading Harry Potter together before this. But, soon enough, they were begging me to continue with the story. I found it a great book to read together because the kids had so many questions regarding WWII and the holocaust. A highly understandable book that I recommend to any reader!
Date published: 2000-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!!! This book was at my school also and was about the war. I loved it. It was sad and i couldnt put it down. I totally recommend it.
Date published: 2000-08-08

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The Secret of Gabis Dresser

by Kathy Kacer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 128 pages, 7.49 × 5.25 × 0.3 in

Published: April 15, 1999

Publisher: Second Story Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1896764150

ISBN - 13: 9781896764153

About the Book

The heroine, Gabi, recounts how as a young Jewish girl she lived on a family farm in Eastern Europe during the Second World War. She describes her community before the Nazi occupation and the events that unfolded afterwards. When the Nazis conducted house searches for Jewish children, Gabi successfully hid in the dining-room dresser. The only thing retrieved from the home after the war was the dresser that saved Gabi's life. It now sits in author Kathy Kacer's home in Toronto. Kacer is Gabi's daughter and has based the story on her mother's experiences.

From the Publisher

The heroine, Gabi, recounts how as a young Jewish girl she lived on a family farm in Eastern Europe during the Second World War. She describes her community before the Nazi occupation and the events that unfolded afterwards. When the Nazis conducted house searches for Jewish children, Gabi successfully hid in the dining-room dresser. The only thing retrieved from the home after the war was the dresser that saved Gabi’s life. It now sits in author Kathy Kacer’s home in Toronto. Kacer is Gabi’s daughter, and has based the story on her mother’s experiences.

About the Author

Kathy Kacer has written several books about the Holocaust for young readers and travels the country speaking about it. She also addresses adults about how to teach sensitive material to young children. In 2010 she published Restitution: a family’s fight for their heritage lost in the Holocaust, her first book for adults. A former psychologist, Kathy lives in Toronto with her family.

From Our Editors

Three children ask their grandma lots of questions about a treasured cabinet she keeps in her living room. Grandma tells the story of how as a young Jewish girl she lived on a family farm in Eastern Europe during the Second World War. Grandma talks about her community before the Nazi occupation and what happened afterwards. When the Nazis searched houses for Jewish children, her mother hid her in her dining-room dresser. When the war ended, it was the only object retrieved from the family home. Children over eight will enjoy The Secret of Gabi's Dresser, a dramatic historical fiction. Kathy Kacer is the daughter of Gabi, whose war-time experiences are the basis of this story.

Editorial Reviews

Kathy Kacer is a fabulous writer who paints a picture in your mind. Through her writing she expresses so much depth and passion that you feel that you are watching things being acted out. The Secret of Gabi''s Dresser rightfully earns five stars!

Appropriate for ages: 9