Academic journal article Journal of Children's Literature

Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust

Academic journal article Journal of Children's Literature

Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust

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Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Stephen Gammell Philadelphia, PA: The Jewish Publication Society, 1980

The little white rabbit doesn't know what to do when the Terrible Things come to his clearing in the woods. First they come for the animals with feathers, and all of the other animals watch as the Terrible Things take the birds away. Little Rabbit asks Big Rabbit why they took the birds, but Big Rabbit replies, "Just be glad it wasn't us they wanted" (n.p.). The Terrible Things return over and over, until only the rabbits are left. And then the Terrible Things come for the rabbits. Little Rabbit hides, reflecting on how all of the animals of the clearing should have helped each other, and then he runs away to tell others of the Terrible Things.

Like The Little Boy Star, there is no explicit discussion of the Holocaust in the text of Terrible Things. …

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