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Star of Fear, Star of Hope

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  147 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Nine-year-old Helen is confused by the disappearance of her Jewish friend during the German occupation of Paris.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Walker Childrens (first published January 1st 1993)
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Sharon Medina
The story is about two girls; one is Jewish and her name is Lydia and the other girl her name is Helen. The time was 1942 and a new law was in place that all Jews must wear a star on their clothing. It was Helen’s birthday and Lydia came to spend the night. Helen’s parents worked at a bar and was not home that evening. At Eleven o’clock there was a knock on the door; it was madam Eleven O’clock but they did not answer. Then later another knock and a male voice said that he was the Midnight Ghost ...more
Karen Dransfield
This story I picked up out of the library picture book bins just for a quick read. It's a story about a young girl living in France during the Nazi occupation. Helen doesn't understand why her best friend Lydia must wear a yellow star on her jacket. It touches on what happened from a child's view of her friend disappearing and not knowing why. This would be a good book to share at the beginning of a topic about the Nazi/Jew part of the war and showing a child's point of view of what happened to ...more
Fifth grade +.

Helen tells the story of her best childhood friend, Lydia. Lydia was a Jew, and yet, such a thing meant no different to the girls. However, 1942 brought trouble for the Jews in France. After a night of fun and mystery, the girls are separated. Helen describes the strange events of the following days, as well as her longing for her friend.

A touching story of the horrors of World War II, told innocently from a child's perspective. Discussion on the Star of David and its meaning for t
A childrens book with heart. This book was a surprise to me, I nearly had tears by the end of it. This book is set during WW II and deals in a subtle way the holocost. All set around one girl's birthday and her best friend that comes over to spend the night. It addresses the girls confusion and fear of what's going on. And to a huge way regret with what happened. The story feels so real, you wonder if it is based on a true story as it has that feel and that emotional. This was a wonderful read a ...more
Zilha B.
This narrative is about two young girls, Helen and Lydia during the time of the Holocaust in France. Joe Hoestlandt, the author, tells the story in Helen's perspective, as an older woman. She reminisces about the day that her friend, Lydia, left her birthday party, but she did not realize at the time that she had to go, and was taken away by the Germany army. Her guilt is shown throughout the book because she regrets ending things with her friend so roughly, by saying "I don't care! You're not m ...more
Tasasha Battle
It is Helen’s birthday and she is so excited to have Lydia over for a sleepover. The girls heard knocking on the neighbor’s door in the late night. Scared and terrified Helen’s parents come back just in time to calm the girls down. But Lydia is still frightened and wants to go home. Helen is upset and does not understand why Lydia wishes to go home and responds with unfriendly words. Until Helen, Mama and Papa find out that the German army was evacuating all Jews from their town. This narrative ...more
Megan Piero
This story is based on a real experience the author had as a child. She grew up in France during the Holocaust, but was too young to fully understand what it meant when her friend Lydia had to start wearing a golden star on all of her clothing. One night, when Lydia spends the night for Helen's birthday but must leave early when a neighbor warns that they are coming to arrest the Jews. Helen is distraught when Lydia leaves, because she doesn't understand what is happening. out of anger she yells ...more
“Star of Fear, Star of Hope” is a holocaust story that obviously involves the stars. As many know the Jews were identified by the stars sewn on their clothes and this story is told by Helen about her friend a girl named Lydia who was one of those Jews. Helen tells the story reflecting on the time she was a young girl who at the time didn’t fully understand the events that led to her friend’s disappearance. In the story the idea of the star symbolizing hope and fear is repeated adding to the mour ...more
Scott Houston
When I read the author's story of her time in Germany and the loss of her friend, I instantly became sympathetic of her having to live with such a guilt for the rest of her life. I believe a powerful lesson lies within the fact the main character Helen did not understand why Lydia had to leave, saying she was not her friend anymore because Lydia had to go into hiding from the Nazis, only to learn in the end that Lydia was her friend all along. For classroom instruction I would try to get my clas ...more
This book is about a French girl whose best friend, Lydia, is Jewish. It is told by the girl when she is an old woman. She gets angry when Lydia has to leave on the French girl's birthday, not understanding until later that she was taken by the Germans. The last things she says to Lydia is that she hates her for leaving. She never saw Lydia again and doesn't know if she survived. She expresses her guilt that those were her last words and that she didn't have a chance to apologize.
This book was
I can't think of a time in my life when I *didn't* know about the Holocaust.

There must have been such a time, nobody takes their three year old kid and one day decides to tell them of horrific things, but I can't recall it.

My nieces are 5 and 2.5, and the older one is right about the time when she should be learning about serious subjects.

This is, I think, a good introduction to what is a very serious subject indeed.

The reality of the Holocaust isn't diluted, but it's told at a level that's appr
Luann Kern
Story of Jewish family living in France during WWII and goes into hiding. Told from the little girl's POV. Simple illustrations depict complicated and darker realities behind.
A French girl never forgets the disappearance of her Jewish friend, Lydia. Sobering.
Story of two friends during the German occupation of France.
Valerie Patterson
A story of regret and hope during the holocaust.
I wonder what happened to her friend.
Lovely, very sad, story.
Good but sad.
Nov 20, 2014 Richard rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: me
Sydney Appelbaum
the most memorable book from my childhood
Beth Schencker
An old woman tells of her remorse for mistreating her best friend on the eve of her disappearance. As a young girl on the eve of war, Helen and her Jewish friend Lydia are confused as to why Lydia needs to wear a yellow star on her clothing. Not long after, Lydia is taken away from her home with the rest of the Jews of the town. In the end, Helen wishes for her friend Lydia to reach out to her after reading this book so she can make amends.
Michele Farmer
An elderly woman tells the story of her childhood best friend, forced to wear a yellow star when the Nazi's invade France. Lydia, the young Jewish girl, leaves Helen's house one night as the Nazi's are arresting Jews, and is never seen again. This is a good addition to a classroom social studies lesson on tolerance and friendship, as well as on the Holocaust.
Very good book deepful and meaningful it is about a girl and she discovers star's on many people coat's in her town . Including her best friend on morning she wake's to people being hauled away with suitcase's and star's on there coats just like her friend soon her friend vanishes without a sight .
Such a sad book. A little girl has a fight with her best friend. Her best friend that has to wear a yellow star all the time. When her friend disappears she is heartbroken and even until old age she wishes just to see her friend and tell her how sorry she was and how much she loves her.
The narrator describes when she was eight years old who is in France durin 1942. Her friend is forced to wear the star. At her friends birthday people come to hide in the house but helen wants to go home because she is afraid. She talks about the last moments with her friend
I read this book to my students during the Holocaust unit (they are in 8th grade). The classroom is still and all eyes are on me as they experience the fear of these two little girls, Lydia and Helen. The illustrations are perfect for the subject matter.
Jun 23, 2009 Marcia rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Holocaust, ww2 friendship
A very subtle picture book based on the true story of a French girl whose Jewish friend disappears during the Holocaust. A sad, regretful story. Set in France, it adds another location to the body of Holocaust books I've been reading.
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I enjoyed this book as it is the perspective of a child, who could not at the time understand what was happening. It would be good way to expand a child's understanding on the issue and see a different perspective.
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