"... A marvelous novel for children, written with
deep humanity and grace..."
EFTHINI (monthly magazine) - Athens, June 1976
"... The dove of peace and the olive-tree branch
emerge from the feelings of wild hatred between nations..."
MACEDONIA (daily newspaper) - Thessaloniki, 22 Oct.'76
"... Our children's literature has gained a rare
T. Gosiopulos, MACEDONIA Radio, Thessasoniki, 22 Oct.'76
"... It could have made a wonderful film. However,
what makes the book really special is its spirit. Sympathy
and care for those who suffer, passion for peace and
freedom, bitterness towards injustice, indignation at
betrayal whatever the source. The objective viewing
of facts and situations gives world wide dimensions
to its content. It describes the horror of slavery,
the strength and fortitude of those whose aim is to
resist violence. A message of brotherhood and humanity
beyond any linguistic or national barriers..."
Kalliope Moustaka, TO VIMA (newspaper)-23 Dec.1976
"...How could we label The Little Brother
as a novel "for children" when it can be equally
enjoyed by adults? In 150 pages and using the simple
language of truth and reality, Loty Petrovits managed
to combine the spirit of kindness with the spirit of
heroism, the sense of patriotism with the sense of human
brotherhood, History with Art, Depression with Optimism..."
Dim. Yakos, GREEK-BELGIAN Review, Issue 16-17/1977
"... It constitutes a brilliant combination of
children's literature and appropriate education..."
M. Maratheftis, Director of the Teachers' Academy of
Cyprus - Nicosia, 26 April 1978
"... The whole book is a hymn to love, world peace
and a condemnation of war..."
Maria Pyliotou, PEDIKI HARA (Cypriot monthly children's
magazine) - Nicosia, November 1978.
"... Love and self-sacrifice beyond borders are
what make this book valuable spritirual food for our
children and a must for every library..."
ECOGENIA KAI SCHOLIO (Family and School), Cypriot bimonthly
magazine - Nicosia, January-February 1979
"... Through these adventures, young readers will
experience incidents and events of war that do not lead
to hatred and stirring of nation differences, but to
passion for freedom and reconciliation..."
AVGI (daily newspaper) -Athens, 2 September,1984
"... The Little Brother is one of those
books that beat the time. It combines the truth of life
with the truth of art... The real events on which it
is based and the adventures of the Greek family are
objectified through the roads of art, so that the story
acquires a tragic timelessness, beyond the "there"
and the "then"...
Dr. V.D.Anagnostopulos, DIADROMES magazine Issue No
3, Autumn 1986
"... I recommend this book to children of my age
without reservations. They will experience the meaning
of a timeless message..."
S. Plastiras, High-School student, NEOI KAIROI (journal)
- Karditsa, 24 October, 1986
"... The iron unity of the myth, the fast development,
the wonderful plot, the truth and persuasiveness of
the characters, the important messages, all these cooperate
in the creation of an authentic piece of literature..."
Heraclis Kallergis, Professor, University of Patra,
(letter) 11 January 1987
"... A children's book which reminds of the work
of our classical author Penelope Delta and deals with
a gegraphical area irrigated with blood and tears. By
avoiding to poison young people's soul with chauvinistic
messages, this novel inspires and guides to the right
direction. The Little Brother is an example
of finding the golden section between patriotism, good
quality of literature for children and "historical"
K.Valetas, AEOLIKA GRAMMATA, issue No 101, 1988
" ... A powerful message of universal peace and
humanitarianism permeates this moving account of two
brothers attempts to be reunited with their parents
during World War I. This story is considered outstanding
because of its valid portrayal of historical events."
BOOKLIST - USA, April 15, 1989, p.2478