Rose Blanche, Paperback book

Rose Blanche[Paperback]

by Ian Mcewan

4.55 out of 5 (20 ratings)

Random House Children's Publishers Uk 
Publication Date:
01 January 2004 
Picture Books 


Rose Blanche was the name of a group of young German citizens who, at their peril, protested against the war. Like them, Rose observes all the changes going on around her which others choose to ignore. She watches as the streets of her small German town fill with soldiers. One day she sees a little boy escaping from the back of a truck, only to be captured by the mayor and shoved back into it. Rose follows the truck to a desolate place out of town, where she discovers many other children, staring hungrily from behind an electric barbed wire fence. She starts bringing the children food, instinctively sensing the need for secrecy, even with her mother. Until the tide of the war turns and soldiers in different uniforms stream in from the East, and Rose and the imprisoned children disappear for ever ...

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  • This is a good book to use to introduce children to the events of WWII and the holocaust without actually showing the gruesome side. It is a sad story about a girl who is helping others that are in a terrible situation. It teaches us the lesson that everyone should be treated equally and even the smallest deed can help a person.

    5.00 out of 5


  • This story helps children learn about the holocaust from another child's perspective. It uses foreshadowing and suspenseful illustrations to make this a very powerful story. It does a great job of showing what life was like in Germany at that time where there was not enough food, and shows a little bit how people in the concentration camps are treated.

    5.00 out of 5


  • An excellent book to present to young readers when learning about the Holocaust. this book presents the Holocaust in a way that is appropriate for first to fourth grade students.

    5.00 out of 5


  • The book represents time during life in world war 2, at the beginning from the point of view of a girl, about six, seven years old. In the middle of the book it goes over to a third person narration. In my opinion, the reason for that is creating more distance between the reader and the history. If it is a first person narrator, there is a close relation between the book and the reader. As the book ends tragically, I suggest, the author wanted to create distance. The protagonist does not realize why their new friends have to be behind fences, are thin and hungry ( = concentration camp). At the end of the book, the reader has to think a little bit to realize that the author had died. I could imagine using that book when dealing with the topic World War 2 in class.

    5.00 out of 5


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