Ron Mazellan's art for this book beautifully depict the despair of the ghetto and the steadfast earnestness of the members of the Zegota who were determined to save children. Mazellan represents Irena as the courageous woman she was, from her first years working to save children to her final days as a hero. But the author tells us that Irena did not see herself as a hero. Vaughan ends her story of Irena Sendler with a quote by Irena Sendler, from a letter sent to the Polish Senate in 2007 - the same year she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Those words are the same words I will conclude this narrative:
"Every child saved with my help and the help of all the wonderful secret messengers, who today are no longer living, is the justification of my existence on this earth, and not a title to glory." ~ Irena Sendler
|Jack Mayer - author of the book: Life in a Jar: |
the Irena Sendler Project.
Jack Mayer wrote a book titled Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project (Long Trail Press, 2011). The book tells of Sendler's life as well as the life of the project began by the four high school history researchers.
The picture book Irena's Jars of Secrets by Marcia Vaughan, illustrated by Ron Mazellan (Lee and Low Books, 2011) will provide a great springboard for a discussion of:
- Heroic Deeds
- Nobel Peace Prize
- International History Project
- The Power of One
- Untold Stories in History
Born: February 15, 1910, Otwock, Poland
Died: May 12, 2008, Warsaw, Poland
Awards: Order of the Smile, More
Parents: Stanisław Krzyżanowski, Janina Krzyżanowska
Spouse: Stefan Zgrzembski (m. 1947–1959; b. 1905-d. 1961), Mieczysław Sendler (m. 1931–1947; b. 1910-d. 2005). Some sources record that Irena remarried Sendler after her divorce in 1959 from Zgrzembski, but was divorced a second time from Sendler.