Fania's Heart

By Anne Renaud

Illustrated By Richard Rudnicki

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Praise & Recognition

"Fania’s Heart is a simply told nonfiction account, effectively delivered to teach children that people can have hope, even in the most dire circumstances.... The history of these terrible events is a lot to absorb, but it’s an important story that echoes today in the experiences of many of the refugee children who have arrived in Canada from war torn countries.... Fania’s Heart joins the list of valuable biographies that should be found in school and classroom libraries everywhere. Highly recommended."

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"The inspiring story, which takes place in one of the most demeaning of settings, shows that even the powerless can provide hope and warmth to one other."

Jewish Book Council

"The true story of Fania Landau Fainer, a Polish Jew who was imprisoned in Auschwitz, is compelling from the start.... readers find inspiration in the ways that kindness can exist even in the bleakest places."

Association of Jewish Libraries

"Fania's Heart is written in large print for easy reading, and every page contains poignant illustrations that capture the plight of Fania during her time in Auschwitz."

The Canadian Jewish News

Canadian Jewish Literary Award - Children/Youth Category 2018 - Winner

Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books of 2018 2018 - Commended

Red Cedar Book Awards 2020 - Short-listed

A tiny birthday card, crafted against all odds within the confines of Auschwitz

Ten-year-old Sorale discovers a tiny heart-shaped book among her mother’s belongings. Its pages are shaped like four-petaled flowers, upon which are written words in languages Sorale does not understand. Who wrote these words? Where did the heart come from? And why has her mother never mentioned this tiny book before?

Fania’s Heart
reveals the true story of the crafting of this heart-shaped birthday card, against all odds, within the confines of Auschwitz, and of the women of immeasurable resilience, courage, and loyalty who risked their lives to create this gift for Sorale’s mother, their friend.

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Publication Date: March 13, 2018

Reading Age: 9 - 12

Reading Level: T

Genre: Picture Book, Children's Nonfiction

Product Format: Hardback

Pages: 32

ISBN: 978-1-77260-057-5

Anne Renaud

About the Author

Anne Renaud

Anne Renaud has a penchant for stories that have a historical slant. She has written on the topics of Pier 21, the Empress of Ireland, and the Canadian Tulip Festival. She has written several children’s picture books, in both English and French, including Mousseline vole au vent, Missuk’s Snow Geese, Amande Lavande, Les Pierres d’Emma, and Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament. Anne lives in Westmount, Québec.
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About the Illustrator

Richard Rudnicki

Richard Rudnicki is an award winning picture book illustrator, an author, and a painter. Most of his picture books are about subjects from Canadian history. He conducts workshops in painting, drawing and illustration, gives illustrated talks, and takes private students. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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