A Refugee Boy and His Dog
By Miriam Halahmy
Illustrated by Karin Littlewood
The moving story of a young German Jewish boy, sent to England for safety via the Kindertransport, who saves the life of his dog, Hanno, as war looms.
Rudi is nine. His own country is no longer safe for Jewish children and he is being sent from Germany to England on the Kindertransport train. But he can't take his beloved little dog, Hanno. By a lucky chance Hanno is smuggled into England and helps Rudi to cope with life in a strange country. But as World War 2 looms, there is a chilling new threat to Hanno. How can Rudi and his new friends save their pets?
Inspired by the real events of the Kindertransport and the refugee children who came to Britain just before war was declared.
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“Saving Hanno is about loss and hope. It tells a beautiful story, sadly still so relevant today, about how refugee children experience loss and grieve for the lives they left behind.”
Alf Dubs - Kindertransport survivor and lifelong campaigner for refugees
"Miriam Halahmy draws on real events for a short chapter book set in the months before World War II. The story follows a 9-year-old German-Jewish boy, Rudi, who’s separated from his parents and his beloved dachshund, Hanno, when he and his sister are sent on a humanitarian Kindertransport to London. Ensconced with English-speaking foster parents in a strange new culture, Rudi is thrilled when Hanno can join him after a stint in quarantine. But soon there are new threats. Not only does German bombing mean that Rudi is to be displaced again, to the countryside, but Hanno is now at risk from a government campaign to euthanise pets, lest food run short and, in the chaos of war, the animals run wild. "
Wall Street Journal