I Saw A Beautiful Woodpecker



Autor: Michal Skibinksi

This award-winning childrens book is one eight-year-old Polish boys evocative diary of the summer of 1939 when World War II was tragically approaching his country. It is the summer of 1939 in Warsaw, Poland and Michal is an eightyear-old boy just finishing his school year. In order to improve his handwriting, Michals teacher gives him a simple assignment: keep a journal, writing one sentence a day. Eighty years later, Michals diary has been gorgeously illustrated with beautifully atmospheric paintings. Eloquent in its simplicity, the journal is a remarkable artifact that captures the innocence of childhood and the trauma of war. The journal starts out with a typical boys observations: July 15: I went to a stream with my brother and teacher. July 23: I found a caterpillar. However over the course of weeks, menacing details emerge. July 27: A plane was circling over Anin. September 1: The war has begun. September 3: I hid from planes. September 14: Warsaw is bravely defending itself. These haunting entries are interspersed with visits from relatives, a soccer game, a trip to a park, an ice cream cone. Photographs of pages from Michals diary enhance the poignancy of this simple recordan ordinary holiday interrupted by war; a life changed forever by an extraordinary moment in history.