Maus: A Survivor’s Tale
Published by Pantheon
If I was still a teacher (and thank god I’m not), we’d so be reading this book in my class. Maus is the perfect teaching tool. It’s in a format that kids can relate to (graphic novel), it’s full of history (it tells of one family’s experiences during the Holocaust, and the psychological effects on both the survivors and their son), it’s full of symbolism (Jews are represented by mice, Germans as cats), and I think it’s the perfect example of how un-boring history can be when it’s presented in an interesting and creative manner.
P.S. for Trish: No, it didn’t make me cry. Surprisingly, it’s been awhile since I’ve cried over a book.