- Random House Children's Publishers Uk
- Publication Date:
- 01 January 2004
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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.
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.
Rose Blanche is an innocent and curious young girl who observes the transport and confinement of Jewish people in her German hometown. Rose is confused by the events and begins to visit the prisoners. Of course, Rose is witnessing the Holocaust and becomes entangled in the violence.This story serves as a gentle, yet valuable introduction to the Holocaust.
Here is a compelling story of compassion inside the horrors of Nazi Germany. The pictures and text are vivid and intertwined. The writing is strong and emotional. I need to study more the author's reason for the change of voice from first to third person in the middle of the text. This book could be used in so many ways to teach reading comprehension strategies. However, I would use caution when bringing the text to the classroom because of the deep emotions evoked.
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