The Secret of the Village Fool by Rebecca UpjohnThe Secret of the Village Fool by Rebecca Upjohn

The Secret of the Village Fool

byRebecca UpjohnIllustratorRenné Benoit

Hardcover | September 15, 2012

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Milek and his brother, Munio, live in a sleepy village in Poland, where nothing exciting seems to happen. They have a kind and gentle neighbour named Anton, but the people of the village laugh at Anton and call him the village fool because he talks to animals and only eats vegetables. When the war brings Nazi soldiers to town, life changes. The Nazis begin rounding up Jewish boys like Milek and Munio. Anton worries about them and comes up with a plan to hide the whole family in his own home, putting his life at risk without a thought. Based on a true story. The back of the book outlines what happened to Anton and the others after the war, and includes photographs. Anton was honoured both by Poland and by the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, where he was named one of the Righteous Among the Nations.
Rebecca Upjohn has worked as an architectural photographer, sheep farmhand, bookstore helper, and more recently a writer and film producer for an independent short film for children called The Go Cart. Rebecca lives in Toronto with her husband, Don and their two sons, Harris and Emmett. The author of the picture books Lily and the Pape...
Title:The Secret of the Village FoolFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 10.87 × 8.77 × 0.37 inPublished:September 15, 2012Publisher:Second Story PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1926920759

ISBN - 13:9781926920757


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching and Deftly Handled A touching story, depicting the impact of the Second World War on one village–one Jewish family–at a level to which younger children can relate and begin to understand. Deftly handled, yet never shying away from the issues, Upjohn’s story includes details to encourage further exploration and discussion which is appropriate and comfortable to each reader.
Date published: 2013-06-10

Editorial Reviews

The story has obvious tie-ins to history, world religion and culture and is remembered and honoured at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum in Jerusalem. This poignant story of terror and loss is ultimately a moving story of heroism and hope. - Professionally Speaking - 20130901