You know that feeling when you find something unexpected in your attic? Maybe it’s a Halloween costume your mom made you or a photograph of a beloved grandparent as a child. Your heart skips a beat and a chill runs down your back. And you can't WAIT to tell someone about this extraordinary treasure you’ve unearthed.
If you know this feeling, then you will understand my sense of wonder and awe when, while researching my article about the Berlin Wall, I came across this incredible piece of reporting in the Scholastic archives. In 1990, Scholastic editor and writer Judy Goldberg traveled to Berlin to report about the wall coming down. Her mission? To help American kids understand this incredible moment in history as it unfolded and to tell them about what life was like for young people their age in Germany. The result was a two-part article that is at once riveting and special. (I especially love the poems!)