Books for Children of the World (Hardcover)

Author: Pearl, Sydelle

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In 1945, Jella Lepman was asked by the United States Army to serve as a cultural and educational advisor for her native country. While being driven around war-ravaged Germany in a U.S. Army jeep, Jella noticed how hungry the German children were for books since their schools and libraries had been destroyed. Jella wrote letters to publishers all over the world and asked for donations. These donations became an exhibition of childrenis books that traveled throughout Germany. Seeing how much children wanted a book of their own to touch and to keep, Jella personally translated The Story of Ferdinand, the story about a bull who would rather smell the flowers than fight, into German and persuaded a newspaper to print 30,000 copies so she could distribute them. Jella then asked the Rockefeller Foundation in the United States for money to build a library, and in 1949, the International Youth Library opened in Munich. The research collection today contains 500,000 childrenis books in more than 130 languages. Books continue to be donated by various countries, forever honoring the spirit of Jella Lepman and her belief that books truly can make the world a better place.


Publisher Pelican Pub Co Inc
Mfg Part# 9781589804388
SKU 203149061
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1589804384
Release Date 2/15/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 11.25H x 8.75L x 0.5T
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Editors Note Presents the life of the founder of the International Youth Library in Munich, describing how she was sent by the United States Army to Germany in 1945 to assist German children and decided to build a children's library.
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Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 07
Publisher Pelican Publishing Company
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