Once Themes

Once Themes
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Once by Morris Gleitzman

Once by Morris Gleitzman

By Lauren Ayube

Felix is a ten year old boy who lives in a Catholic orphanage in 1942. His parents, who are book lovers and book store owners, have sent him there for protection. When Felix flees the orphanage in an attempt to find his parents, he endures a great deal of hardship, but also meets some truly caring and wonderful people. Once, which is written from the first person point of view of a child, is heartbreaking, raw, honest, and beautifully written. The first of a series of three books, Once is the perfect book to teach young children about the truths and the horrors of the Holocaust.


Storyboard Description

Create a spider map to illustrate examples of themes in Once by Morris Gleitzman

Storyboard Text

  • When Felix flees from the orphanage, he has the ultimate hope that he will find his parents. As he learns the truth about what is happening, his hope begins to deminish.
  • When Felix goes out to find aspirin for Zelda, he holds out hope that he will find some for her. He does, and he also finds a carrot that he takes with him.
  • THEME: Hope
  • When Felix and Zelda decide to jump out of the moving train car, they have hope that they will not be shot and will be able to escape into the woods.
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