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

Pricing and Purchase Info

$10.37 online 
$18.95 list price save 45%
Earn 52 plum® points

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Available in stores


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. Milek and Munio's mother is one of the few to show kindness to Anton, asking her boys to bring him soup and clothing.When the war brings Nazi soldiers to town, life becomes dangerous for Jewish families like Milek and Munio's. The Nazis begin rounding up Jewish boys and Anton, worried about Milek and Munio's safety, comes up with a plan to hide the boys, their parents, and two orphaned Jewish girls deep inside his root cellar. Putting his life at risk without a thought, Anton shows that extraordinary courage can be found in the most gentle of people.Based on a true story, the final pages of the book show what happened to Anton and the others after the war, including photos. Not so foolish after all, Anton was honoured by the Polish government and by the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, where he was named one of the Righteous Among the Nations for his bravery.
When Rebecca Upjohn heard of Anton’s powerful story, it seemed a natural fit for her. The author of the picture books Lily and the Paper Man and Patrick’s Wish, she is interested in characters who reach out to help others. She divides her time between New Hampshire and Ontario.Renne Benoit has been drawing pictures since she could hold...
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.