Self-love and acceptance- The book talks about some Jewish customs, such as Jacob reading a special book called the “ Haggadah” for Passover. Also during some parts of the book, Jacob and his Jewish family speak Yiddish.
Respect for Others- In the beginning of the book, Jacob grapples with the idea why his family is being persecuted, unlike the Roslan family, who are able to maintain their rights. He soon discovers that his religion separates himself from the Roslan family, which upsets him. Later on, Jacob accepts the Roslan family and they soon become allies.
Exploring issues of Social Justice- This book explores anti-Semitism and the Jewish being oppressed by the Nazis.
Social Movement and Social Change- The Roslan family, who were not Jewish, took Jacob’s family in and hid them from the Nazi’s. They did not agree with what was going on at the current time.
Taking Social Action- Yes, this book definitely encourages students to take social action. At the end of the story, Jacob praises the Roslan family for their courage, hiding his family during the Holocaust. He addresses how it is not easy to go against others who are in control. Also in the book’s afterward, it encourages students to continue social action by suggesting to visit the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C..