It says a lot about President George H. W. Bush when one of his best friends came to be the person who handed him a defeat for his second presidential term.
This book is short, but thought provoking. The question of “why the Jews?” has been asked for centuries without a good answer other than racism, probably because there isn’t one. As is tradition in the Jewish religion the book asks a lot of poignant, hard hitting questions but gives very few answers
Hilda Gerarda van Stockum (9 February, 1908 – 1 November, 2006) was a writer and artist from the Netherlands. Ms. van Stockum is known for her book The Winged Watchman. Books by Hilda Gerarda van Stockum* 1) She was born in Rotterdam to a Dutch Royal Navy officer. 2) Her grandfather, Charles Boissevain, was the editor of an influential Dutch newspaper. 3) Her brother was famous mathematician Willem Jacob van Stockum, not only was he a pioneer of the then new theory of gravitation (general relativity), he also volunteered to be a pilot for the Allies in WWII where he unfortunately found his death during a bombing run. 4) Her husband, Ervin Ross Marlin, was a friend of her brother. Together the couple had six children. 5) As a child she lived in the Netherlands and Ireland. Later she lived in the US, Canada, and England for many years. 6) A Day on Skates: The Story of a Dutch Picnic (1935), was Ms. van Stockum’s first book and won honors from the Newbery Medal committee. 7) Her best known book, The Winged Watchman, describes true events of how windmills were used for signaling the Dutch Resistance during World War II. 8) In 1983 she was elected to the Honorary Council of the Royal Hibernian…
This is a riveting, easy to read book. Mr. Henderson wrote a wonderful and important book, packed with history and stories which pack an emotional punch.
I really liked the characters of the book, the three Kenyan orphans are engaging and likeable. I also liked how the author took the Wizard of Oz and weaved that narrative into his storyline throughout the book.