Teacher’s Guide: CHANCE: Escape from the Holocaust

Teacher’s Guide: CHANCE: Escape from the Holocaust

Teacher’s Guide: CHANCE: Escape from the Holocaust


Chance: Escape from the Holocaust: Memories of a Refugee Childhood by Uri Shulevitz

From a beloved voice in children’s literature comes this landmark memoir of hope amid harrowing times and an engaging and unusual Holocaust story.

With backlist sales of over 2.3 million copies, Uri Shulevitz, one of Farrar, Straus and Grioux’s most acclaimed picture-book creators, details the eight-year odyssey of how he and his Jewish family escaped the terrors of the Nazis by fleeing Warsaw for the Soviet Union in Chance.

It was during those years, with threats at every turn, that the young Uri experienced his awakening as an artist, an experience that played a key role during this difficult time. By turns dreamlike and nightmarish, this heavily illustrated account of determination, courage, family loyalty, and the luck of coincidence is a true publishing event.

★ “A memorable journey of survival and artistry.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “Spare, keenly observed…[A] deeply personal testament to the power of art.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ “Arresting and affecting.”—Booklist, starred review
★ “Thoroughly engaging.”—Horn Book, starred review
★ “Hauntingly impressive and extraordinary.”—School Library Journal, starred review

Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2020
New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2020
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2020
Booklist Best Books of 2020
Horn Book Fanfare 2020 Booklist
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 2020
Jewish Journal Twenty of the Best 2020 (Non-Holiday) Jewish Books for Kids

Nicole Woulfe has a bachelor of arts in history and a master of arts in secondary education from the University of New Hampshire. She is currently teaching at Sanborn Regional Middle School and was named the 2018 New Hampshire History Teacher of the Year.