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Number the Stars: 03/04/08
Annemarie Johansen is a ten year old girl who just wants to get on with her life of school, friends and family but it's 1943 and Denmark is occupied by Nazis. Things go from tense to dangerous when the Nazis begin to round up the Jews.
Although Annemarie isn't Jewish, she has friends who are. She learns first hand the danger her friends and their families face. The second half of this book covers how Annemarie and her family put themselves in danger to protect their neighbors.
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry reminds me of The Key is Lost by Ida Vos. Lowry's novel is a story of friendship in extraordinary times and gives a brief glimpse of what life was like in Denmark in the last years of World War Two. Key is Lost is about Jewish sisters in Holland who go into hiding to escape the Nazis. With the extremely personal nature of Vos's semi-autobiographical novel, Key is Lost darker and more depressing.
Lowry's novel focuses on the extraordinary things people will do to help their neighbors showing humanity even in the darkest moments of human history. While by itself Number the Stars wouldn't be enough for young readers to learn about the persecution and genocide of the Jews during World War Two, it can contribute to the learning experience.
Comment #1: Wednesday, March, 5, 2008 at 13:37:32
I enjoyed all of Lois Lowry's books ... and this was no exception! Hugs and blessings, "
Comment #2: Wednesday, March, 5, 2008 at 11:@4:11
I've only read one other book by Lowry, The Giver and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I plan to read more of her books as time permits. Thanks for stopping by!"
Comment #3: Thursday, March, 6, 2008 at 13:28:28
Wow...sounds like a great book!
(By the way...that reset button on here is NOT my friend lol. I just reset my comment...again! I did it last time too! When will I learn? haha) "
Comment #4: Friday, March, 7, 2008 at 01:53:26
One of my kids just did a book report on this book! It was great!"