Fania's Heart by Anne RenaudFania's Heart by Anne Renaud

Fania's Heart

byAnne RenaudIllustratorRichard Rudnicki

Hardcover | March 13, 2018

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Ten-year-old Sorale discovers a tiny heart-shaped book among her mother’s belongings. Its pages are shaped like four-petaled flowers, upon which are written words in languages Sorale does not understand. Who wrote these words? Where did the heart come from? And why has her mother never mentioned this tiny book before?

Fania’s Heart
reveals the true story of the crafting of this heart-shaped birthday card, against all odds, within the confines of Auschwitz, and of the women of immeasurable resilience, courage, and loyalty who risked their lives to create this gift for Sorale’s mother, their friend.
Anne Renaud has a penchant for stories that have a historical slant. She has written on the topics of Pier 21, the Empress of Ireland, and the Canadian Tulip Festival. She has written several children’s picture books, in both English and French, including Mousseline vole au vent, Missuk’s Snow Geese, Amande Lavande, Les pierres d’Emma,...
Title:Fania's HeartFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 11 × 8.6 × 0.25 inPublished:March 13, 2018Publisher:Second Story PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1772600571

ISBN - 13:9781772600575


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Power of Words Fania’s Heart by Anne Renaud and Richard Rudnicki is another beautiful offering from Second Story Press. A story inspired by Fania Landau Fainer, a Jewish prisoner imprisoned at Auschwitz during the Second World War. Her heart is a card, crafted meticulously and at great risk by her fellow prisoners, for her 20th birthday. Filled with nineteen birthday messages in several different languages, the heart is one of only a very few objects to have survived that was created by the prisoners. The heart speaks to the resilience and the strength of those who where imprisoned and the very failure of the Nazi campaign to weaken and destroy all those who were deemed “racially inferior”, In a story told in the voice of Fania’s daughter Sorale, she speaks of her mother’s secrets, some that were shared and some that were hidden. When Sorale finds the heart hidden in a lace handkerchief, she wonders whether this is a secret that will be shared. In a beautifully written talk between mother and daughter, Fania tells Sorale the story behind the heart and the powerful meaning in the messages written to her. Anne Renaud has carefully crafted Fania’s story in a way that is understandable and truly demonstrates the resilience of those who were imprisoned simply because of their faith. With a wonderful section at the back to give the background to the story, Fania’s Heart is a beautiful non-fiction picture book for your older readers. With beautiful illustrations by Richard Rudnicki, depicting life in the camps and the factories and camps, this story is a perfect compliment to any discussion about bias, World War II, resilience, and the power of words. The real “Heart of Auschwitz” now resides at the Montreal Holocaust Museum for all to witness the power of words.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievably Moving This is such a small book. One with only a few pages and no one page is filled with words. And yet it is filled with so much emotion; from sadness and despair to hope and freedom. I read the main story and wondered to myself two things: 1) How could I ever read this bittersweet story to a child? And at what age would I be okay reading it to them? 2) Is it truly possible that a tiny heart was created in a concentration camp? While I still perhaps unsure of the answer to the first item, the answer to the second one truly astonished me. This is a TRUE STORY. While I was a bit choked up reading the story itself (as it's very moving) when I moved on to read the last pages that outline that Fania's Heart is a true story. Fania's Heart is a relic of Auschwitz that is in a museum in Montreal and was owned by a Jewish woman of 20 years old imprisoned there during WWII. She eventually came to Canada following the war which is how it came to be at a museum in Montreal. I'm not a crier most days but this is an unbelievably moving story. The simplicity of it as a children's illustrated book is part of what makes it so moving, in my opinion. You don't need a lot of words or pictures to tell a story like this. You only need some symbolism, context and genuine truth. Upon writing this and reflecting upon Fania's Heart I have decided that I would read this story to any child, of any age if they asked. Because at it's core this is a story of hope, courage and love. All wonderful things to teach our children of from any age. I encourage everyone to look for this story, even if only to leaf through it at your library and experience the story of Fania's Heart. Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A story of Resilience and Friendship This picture book format story tells the true tale of a young girl imprisoned in Auschwitz. So that we may never forget the terrors of war, we follow her as she struggles each day to survive. Forced to do assembly line work as they built weapons, the young girls treasured each other the most. With brave spirits they risked their life to make a small paper heart as a gift to a friend.
Date published: 2017-11-01

Editorial Reviews

Fania's Heart is written in large print for easy reading, and every page contains poignant illustrations that capture the plight of Fania during her time in Auschwitz. - The Canadian Jewish News