One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II by Lita Judge (Hyperion Books for Children) is the story of Judge’s mother and grandmother, set during World War II in Pinckney. The book is illustrated with a combination of paintings, collages of original photographs, and foot tracings. Foot tracings? From the publisher’s page on the book:
When author/illustrator Lita Judge found hundreds of tracings of feet in her grandmother’s attic, she was intrigued and moved to discover the story behind them.
One Thousand Tracings tells that story. In the aftermath of World War II, a family in America established contact with a family in Germany, and sent them a package of much-needed supplies, including shoes. The German family was extremely grateful and asked if their friends would help others in Europe. Soon foot tracings from all over the continent started pouring in to the modest Midwest farm. As the network of American families grew, ultimately hundreds of people were touched by this remarkable process.
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