Pat Black-Gould

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The Crystal Beads, Lalka's Journey

The Crystal Beads, Lalka's Journey
Published by Purple Butterfly Press
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In 1939 Poland, Lalka, a young Jewish girl, is forced to make a decision no child should have to make. She is asked to give up her most prized possession, a Star of David necklace, which was a gift from her father before he died. In its place, her mother gives her a set of rosary beads, and then teaches her a “game” that may keep her safe in a time of danger.

When the country is invaded, the mother makes a heartbreaking sacrifice: placing her child in the care of nuns at a convent. When the Nazis later locate and question Lalka, will she remember how to play the game?

The Crystal Beads is inspired by a true story and told from the perspective of an innocent child. The story is as relevant today as it was years ago. The book contains two study guides, one for children, parents, and teachers and the other for adults who gather in places of worship, book clubs, and small groups. Discussion topics include themes of compassion, courage, empathy, and diversity.

Experience Lalka’s journey during a turbulent time as the Nazis invade her country and turn an innocent child’s life upside down. Purchase your copy of The Crystal Beads, Lalka’s Journey  here on Amazon.

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40 pages | $10.95 USD | 195511921X | June 14, 2022