Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop | ScholasticThank you! Twenty French children and ten Jewish refugee children people an ironical and breathtaking story laid in occupied France of The French children are harbored safely in a mountain school run by nuns. On a day when they are in the midst of a make-believe game of The Flight into Egypt, they are suddenly presented with the problem of caring for the ten escaping refugees. Later, hiding the Jewish children in a cave helps to thwart two searching Nazi soldiers, and in a climax charged with fear and humor, the youngest French boy who had played the part of Jesus in The Flight into Egypt game, points innocently to two companions who had been Joseph and Mary as the ""Jews"", when he is questioned by the Nazis, thus making them give up their search in disgust. A successful spotting of young peoples' reactions to war and danger. There was a problem adding your email address.
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Post a Comment. Also published as The secret cave Scholastic, The cave is shown on one version of the cover:. The reason it is there seems to be to draw a parallel with the plight of the Jewish children in the war; also it plays a part towards the end, when it looks like the 4-year-old brother is going to spill the beans. The story is based on real life events in France during the Nazi occupation. It was adapted for a movie, " Miracle at Moreau. There are a number of teaching units online, for example here and here.
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In the film, three Jewish children fleeing the Nazis take refuge in a French convent. The children arrive while the school is putting on a Nativity pageant , and in a quick act of thinking, Sister Gabrielle pretends the three children are her students. The Jewish children remain in the school for some time while the Nazis that are patrolling the area, led by an SS Major Robert Joy , hunt for them in the forests surrounding the convent. Sister Gabrielle takes great lengths to keep the children's identities a secret, but the major is suspicious and continues to believe that they are likely hiding in the school. Meanwhile, the three children have to cope with negative attitudes towards Jews from Catholic students at the boarding school. The Jewish students are able to gradually win over their classmates by teaching them about Judaism.