Chapter 1. Once I was living in an orphanage in the mountains and I shouldn't have been and I almost caused a riot. It was because of the carrot. You know how . Teachers' Notes written by Andrea Blake. ONCE by Morris Gleitzman. Introduction. 1. Once is books and his parents - once they come for him or once he finds them. But what. Felix begins .. (please see separate PDF file). C) Focus on Felix. Felix, a Jewish boy in Poland in , is hiding from the Nazis in a Catholic orphanage. And when he thinks his parents are in danger, Felix sets off to warn them--straight into the heart of Nazi-occupied Poland. Morris Gleitzman takes a painful subject and expertly turns it into a.
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'Once' by Morris Gleitzman: plot summary sequencing activity. A ten year old boy named Felix is living in an orphanage in Poland in Felix finds a carrot in. Once is a novel by Morris Gleitzman, set during World. War II. It is followed by Then and Now. Discussion guides are available for each title, available from Henry. Story consequences. Gleitzman begins every chapter with the words. 'Once I ' Ask a student to complete the sentence in the most interesting way possible as.
Now he's one of Australia's best loved children's book authors. His books have been We want your feedback! Click here. Felix, a Jewish boy in Poland in , is hiding from the Nazis in a Catholic orphanage.
To Felix, everything is a story: Why did he get a whole carrot in his soup? We might not be so lucky with the next one. The Nazi machine gun soldiers might not be having an early dinner. Zelda trips on a rabbit hole and almost falls.
I save her but accidentally almost yank her arm out of its socket. I put my arms round her.
And because the most powerful army in the history of the world is trying to kill us. Which is not good. I try to think of a way to cheer us both up. Zelda has stopped crying.
I grew up in a bookshop. We plunge into the forest and hurry through the thick undergrowth. It feels really good to be in here with the ferns and bushes and trees sheltering us.
Specially when I suddenly hear a scary sound in the distance. Machine guns. We stop and listen. We look at each other. The machine guns go on and on, not close but still terrifying.
Better to get further away from the railway line. I follow her. At last the distant shooting stops. Poland is a big country. And a lot of houses. And quite a few sausages. We pause at the edge of the trees and squint down into the next valley.
My glasses are smudged. I take them off and polish them on my shirt. Zelda gives a terrified squeak, and grabs me and points.
To see if friendship can be tough too. So I decided to place the two young friends in the middle of the most unfriendly human behaviour possible, on the largest scale I could think of.
Which of course meant wartime. I had struggled to comprehend that his followers, the Nazis, and those who supported them, murdered six million Jews including one and a half million children.
They also killed a lot of other people, some of whom offered shelter to the Jews. I learned that we call this time of killing the Holocaust. My grandfather was a Jew from Krakow in Poland. As a young man he left Poland, decades before the Holocaust, and ended up living in England. But many members of his family stayed in Poland and most of them were killed by the Nazis.
So researching and writing Once became a personal journey. It took me to Poland for the first time. To the streets of Kazimierz, the ancient Jewish area of Krakow, and to the Jewish cemetery where I found a memorial with my family name on it.
And it allowed me to meet, in my imagination, a boy called Felix. I meet all my characters in my imagination, but never before had I encountered one who stood as an ambassador for so many real children, for so many young lives shattered. USA cover I also met in my imagination a man called Barney.