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