For our very first read-aloud, I chose this book........
It's not as graphic as Corrie ten Boom's The Hiding Place, but my children still learned more about World War II and the unbelievable cruelty that the Jews suffered than any History textbook could teach them.
After we finished reading the book, I was online trying to find photos of the "Angel's Den" (the room where Corrie and her family hid the Jews) to show the children. I found much more than photos...I found a virtual tour of the ten Boom house, now the ten Boom Museum! The children and I sat transfixed to computer as we "toured" the house, room by room, with a lady's voice in the background narrating everything. It brought everything to life for the children - and me! - to actually see the rooms where the watches and clocks were repaired; the kitchen where the ten Booms shared their meals; and finally, Corrie's room, where the Angel's Den was located. It was almost as wonderful as actually being in the real museum. The children talked about the tour for weeks afterward, and asked me to read the book to them - again!
For those of you who are interested, here's the link for the virtual museum tour...
Scroll down and click the photo in the middle and then click "virtual tour".
Enjoy your stay in Holland. :)
Have a blessed day,