Friday, February 8, 2013

Monsieur Marceau

Monsieur Marceau
by Leda Schubert, illustrated by Gerard Dubois
Roaring Book Press, 2012.  Unpaged.  Biography.

     Many will know Marcel Marceau as the greatest mime who has ever lived.  (If you need evidence, haste to You Tube.)  But did you also know that Marceau's original name was Mangel, a Jewish name he changed to escape the prison camps in World War II. And did you know that as a member of the French underground, he led  hundreds of Jewish children from a French orphanage to safe haven in Switzerland, and that in spite of all his efforts, his father died in a concentration camp?  Marcel Marceau's remarkable story is told in flawless and accessible prose by Leda Schubert with lovely, evocative pictures by Gerard Dubois.  Monsieur Marceau won the Orbis Pictus Award for 2013, given by the National Council of Teachers of English for the best nonfiction book for children published during the previous year.

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