Once and Then


I think stories have an important role to play. They help young people to start to think about the big issues.      Morris Gleitzman (from An Interview with Morris Gleitzman, Just Imagine Story Centre)


About the Book
Once and Then are the first two books in a series about a young Jewish boy called Felix. Felix lived in Poland during World War Two, a time when the Nazis were trying to eliminate the Jewish people. These novels tell the story of Felix's search for his parents - a story of love, friendship and courage in terrible times.

Meet the Author
Morris Gleitzman is one of Australia's most popular children's authors. Born in England, Morris moved to Australia as a teenager. Read his own funny account of his life. Check out this list of awards for his novels. Spend an afternoon with Morris and his dog, Maggie, in this ABC Creature Features video.

Morris Gleitzman's Online Bookshelf
Visit Morris Gleitzman's online bookshelf and select one of his novels. You can choose to read the first chapter of any book or listen to Morris Read it to you. Read the first chapter of Once online. Visit the bookshelf.

What was life like in World War Two for British people?
Felix lived in Poland. Find out about wartime Britain at this web site for kids. Learn about the military, what people wore, what life was liked for children and what people ate at the Imperial War Museum web site. There is more detailed information for kids at the British National Archives and Homework Help.

Australia during World War Two
The NSW government web site Schools A-Z lists key points of Australia's involvement in the Second World War and describes some major events during the war. Find out about life in Australia during WWII at ANZAC Day.org - lots of great information, photographs and posters on this site.

Where in the world is Poland?
Learn about Poland at National Geographic for Kids. Read about the people, land, history and culure of Poland. Look at photographs, a video and a world map showing the location of this country. Read about a kid's life in Poland. Did you know there are bears and wolves in Poland's forests?


For Teachers
Teacher notes written by Andrea Blake - includes important information re teaching and learning about The Holocaust. 
Once Teacher Support Pearson Education (UK) contains many ideas for activities throughout the reading of the text, including ways to differentiate.
What was the  Holocaust? at CBBC - teacher preview recommended 

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