Rebel Girls is a non-fiction book about 100 extraordinary women throughout history. Sadie’s favorite story in the book is about Irena Sendler, who was a brave fighter resisting the Nazis in occupied Poland during World War 2. Working under the pseudonym Irena Sendlerowa, she saved many Jewish children when she was part of Polish Underground resistance movement.
Q. Was there anything that surprised you?
Yes, many years ago they had an epidemic** and now we have a virus that makes people sick.
Q. What did you learn from the story?
You just have to be brave to help other people.
Q. Describe the character.
She was very encouraging. Her father told her to have courage and always help people. She was brave and saved lots and lots of children.
Q. Do you think your friends would like to read the book?
Yes, but I don’t think some of the boys would like it.
Q. Are there any new words that you have learned from reading the story?
Nazi, Persecuted, Epidemic and Typhus
**Epidemics, including typhus, were common due to poor hygienic conditions and lack of medical supplies in the overcrowded ghettos where Jews were forced to live in Warsaw.