- Random House Children's Publishers Uk
- Publication Date:
- 01 January 2004
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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.
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.
This is a heartbreaking book. Rose Blanche, an innocent child, experiences first hand the discovery of an internment or concentration camp outide of her town. She doesn't get it, but decides to help the people she discovers by secretly bringing them food. On the day that the allied forces arrive and the Germans are leaving, she returns to the camp to continue providing food and finds the camp destroyed and war going on around her. Rose becomes the victim of an errant shot from a soldier that assumed she was an enemy amid the chaos. No one discovers what happened to her. The book ends that way. Heartwrenching. The kind of book that reminds us of the evil that is war.
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