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Mr. Benjamin's Suitcase of Secrets

Published by NorthSouth Books
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What's in his suitcase?

Mr. Benjamin is a philosopher with extraordinary ideas. But when his country begins punishing people for being different, he must escape. Over hills and valleys he trudges with a heavy suitcase. What could he be carrying?

A compelling story, beautifully illustrated by Pei-Yu Chang, about the importance of personal freedom and the distances we go to protect them—based on a true story of Walter Benjamin.

About The Author

Pei-Yu Chang was born in 1979 in Taipeh, Taiwan, where she studied German language, culture, and literature. On completion of her Master’s Degree, she traveled to Germany to do a doctorate on “Chaos Theory in Literary Studies“ at Münster University. There she discovered her passion for book illustration. In 2012 she began courses in the Department of Communications Design and Illustration at the Fachhochschule, Münster. She is the author of Mr. Benjamin’s Suitcase of Secrets. She is currently living and working in Münster, Germany.

Product Details

  • Publisher: NorthSouth Books (May 2, 2017)
  • Length: 48 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780735842809
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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Chang’s playful telling is attuned to children’s sense of justice, as well as their ear for the ridiculous. She focuses on the heroism of Lisa Fittko, who led refugees to Spain, and on the never-solved mystery of what was inside the suitcase Benjamin lugged with him. Her stunning mixed-media art is whimsical and serious, like childhood itself.

– Maria Russo, The New York Times

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