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The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark

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When Nazi soldiers occupied his country, King Christian X of Denmark committed himself to keeping all Danes safe from harm. The bravery of the Danes and their king during that dangerous time has inspired many legends. The most enduring is the legend of the yellow star, which symbolizes the loyalty and fearless spirit of the king and his people. The result is a powerful and ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Peachtree Publishers
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Bob H I haven't read this book, but having read, and reviewed, Bo Lidegaard's "Countrymen", nonfiction about the rescue of Denmark's Jewish community, I can…moreI haven't read this book, but having read, and reviewed, Bo Lidegaard's "Countrymen", nonfiction about the rescue of Denmark's Jewish community, I can tell you that King Christian X didn't wear a yellow star because nobody had to -- apparently the Nazis realized that the Danes would resist. The King was capable of such a gesture, and did pressure the Nazis in other ways, but the actual story is more subtle. He did ride his horse, in uniform, as an inspiration to his people, and was injured in a fall with his horse in October 1942, and didn't ride much after that. It's an inspiring story, but more complicated. I recommend you read Lidegaard's book.(less)

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Lisa Vegan
I so appreciated that a Danish illustrator did the illustrations for this book. The illustrations are beautiful, with a cinematic look about them. Just lovely!

Years ago, I remember being so disappointed to learn that this story, of the Danish King wearing the yellow star in solidarity with Denmark’s Jewish citizens, was probably not a true tale. However, there is no disputing how the Danish people came to the aid of the Jewish population and saved most of them from being murdered by the Nazis. A
Aug 02, 2014 Virginia rated it really liked it
Recommended to Virginia by: Interactive Read Alouds
A simple book with a profound message-- The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark is-- as the author admits in her notes at the end of the book-- a legend; it's truth cannot be substantiated with any photographs or written documentation. However, there are many facts the author does share that indicate it could be true, or that something like it could be true. This is an inspirational tale of what a country's ruler did to try to protect his people-- ALL of his people--during the ...more
N_maryellen Rosenblum
I would have loved this book to have been non-fiction, however the author did make the point that many note-worthy acts did take place in Denmark during World War II. I truly enjoyed the author's commentary at the conclusion of the book and feel that it would be an amazing conversation starter for an older group of children.
Niamh Delahunty
Jun 06, 2012 Niamh Delahunty rated it it was amazing
Though the Yellow Star may appear nothing more than a picture book, it isn't. The Yellow Star is the touching story of the loved King Christian of Denmark. Before the war (World War II), Denmark was made up of all Danes, no race was stereotyped against. But, with the coming of the war and Hitler's anti-semitism, this changes. All jews are required to wear a yellow star on their clothing, to symbolize that they are different from others. Instead of Danes and Danes, Denmark was made up of Danes an ...more
The author asks that this book be read as a legend instead of historical fiction. She argues that the legend, which has been passed down through generations by oral story telling, is something that we can aspire to, a story that should be told even if the truth of it cannot be proven. I agree. The Yellow Star is a beautiful story of resistance and solidarity during a time of division and horror. The appendix that outlines facts of Denmark’s opposition to the Nazi agenda adds depth and discussion ...more
Karissa Kelly
The Yellow Star is a book based on the legend of King Christian X of Denmark and his simply, but smart way to defy Nazi, Germany. In Denmark, King Christian rode his horse through town without a bodyguard because he was so revered by his people. However, when Nazi, Germany took control, fear settled into Denmark, so King Christian decided to show his people that they were strong. Thus, when the Nazi's replaced the Denmark flag with their own, the king sent a soldier to remove it, and even said h ...more
Elizabeth Woodruff
Feb 23, 2016 Elizabeth Woodruff rated it really liked it
The Yellow Star symbolizes the loyalty and fearless spirit of the king and his people. When the holocaust happened, Nazi soldiers used the star to segregate Jews and terrorize them. Except in Denmark. King Charles X of Denmark worked hard to keep the Danes safe from the Nazis. The King and his Danes have inspired many legends. Even though this story is just a legend, it is a popular story that brightened the darkness of the Nazi invasion. There is no proof that this story ever occurred. The auth ...more
Christine Turner
Jul 20, 2012 Christine Turner rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Without the yellow star to point them out, the Jews looked like any other Danes. For centuries, the Star of David was a symbol of Jewish pride. But during World War II, Nazis used the star to segregate and terrorize the Jewish people. Except in Denmark. When Nazi soldiers occupied his country, King Christian X of Denmark committed himself to keeping all Danes safe from harm. The bravery of the Danes and their king during that dangerous time has inspired many legends. The most enduring is the leg ...more
Mrs. Lynch
Jun 03, 2013 Mrs. Lynch rated it it was ok
Another book that I read to my third graders as a companion to a reading activity we had done on WWII and the Holocaust.

This book was good and I may have given it a higher rating except that it bothered me that it blurred the lines between history and fiction a bit too much. The story was billed as the "legend" of King Christian X standing up to the Nazi regime by refusing to fly the Nazi flag and wearing a Yellow star in solidarity with Danish Jews. However, this story didn't really happen lik
Kayla Lazenby
Genre: Historical Non- Fiction
Format: Children's Picture Book
Award: Christopher Award

Summary: This story is a short story touching the topic of World War II. With war sweeping the land, it would not be long before Denmark would be found in the middle of it. King Christian X, who was loved and respected, committed himself to keeping all the jews safe. While he knew many would die, he desired that everyone be seen as a dane whether they were Jewish or not Jewish. It is his mission to find a way
Apr 05, 2016 Kennedy rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This was a pretty quick read and had a great message. This story is of King Christian X, the king of Denmark, during the time of the Nazi march for Europe. In the story the Danes are in fear because they have been told they have to wear the yellow star at all time if they are a Jew. Everyone knew that wearing these meant you'd be taken away and never seen again. So with quick thinking and a love for his people, King Christian came up with a brave plan; hide the stars among their sisters. If ever ...more
Jan 28, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, own
A beautiful, true story about King Christian of Denmark, who refused to bow down to the Nazis. This is a good starting point to talk about WWII and the Holocaust with children, the story is told simply and gently, and with rich pictures.
Ashlynn Armstrong
Apr 24, 2016 Ashlynn Armstrong rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
This book is about when Nazi soldiers invaded Denmark. King Christian was the friendliest king of them all. When it was announced that all Jews were required to start wearing gold stars King Christian wasn't sure what to do. He eventually decides to sew a yellow star on his own clothing and the rest of the country follows his example.

This book was such a great book for children to understand that we as humans are all created equally and we should not judge people on outward appearance.

I would us
Jenny Schuth
Feb 22, 2016 Jenny Schuth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
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Lenae Haley
Mar 30, 2016 Lenae Haley rated it really liked it
The Yellow Star is about King Christian X of Denmark standing up for his country when the Nazi tried to invade it. His people loved and respected him very much. He protected his people and didn't let the Nazi soldiers hang their flag at the palace. After a tough decision the King wore the yellow star as he rode through the city alone. Read this book to find out if the King and his country was safe or something happened.

I thought this book was good. The illustrations were good.

This book could be
Bailey Forkner
Wow, what a powerful book this was, and is. It tells the story of an incredibly beloved leader, King Christian X of Denmark, who stands up to evil and loves his people more than anything, and his people sure do love him as well. In the rise of Nazi Terror, King Christian stands for righteous defiance, standing up for what is right, and loyalty to his people. With illustrations that tell the story excellently, where you can see the hurt and pride in his eyes, this will not be a book you can put d ...more
Sandy Brehl
Since this iconic story has not found full documentation, this story is subtitled "legend'. Back matter makes clear that Denmarks' King Christian X was a leader of the people, beloved by them and able to signal clearly that true Danes would do whatever possible to protect each other, including Jews among them, from Hitler's troops.
This, combined with other picture books about the events in Europe, allow readers to process complex and nearly overwhelming information with reason and objectivity. C
ACS Book-finder
Mar 07, 2013 ACS Book-finder rated it it was amazing
The Danes had a highly - esteemed king ruling over them during the 1940's. They had no idea how much they might need his wisdom during this era of wickedness.

In the land of Denmark, different religions were respected, as well as different people groups. Everyone living in Denmark was simply...Danish! Tall Danes, stout Danes, cranky Danes, even Great Danes! They were all loyal subjects of their beloved King Christian. He rode daily along the streets, mingling with his people. He would do anything
Nov 14, 2011 Leah rated it really liked it
Leah Sherrod
Professor Holland
14 November 2011
Historical Fiction
Book: “The Yellow Star The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark”
Author: Carmen Agra Deedy
This book describes a time in history when Jews were being killed because of their religious beliefs. The story takes place in the early 1940’s. In the 1940’s one of the biggest issues was the Jewish belief. Most of the facts in the story are true but there were many that could not be proven. The narrative meets the quality of good
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
The Legend of The of King Christian X of Denmark has been researched in hope of finding facts to prove it truthful. But none has proven as fact.

In 1940 when King Christian X was reigning King of Denmark he was seen daily, riding his horse through the streets without need of a bodyguard. He kindly greeted his fellow Danes. There was no prejudice among the people of Denmark all were Danes.

Then came the Nazis trying to force division of the Jews from the Danes ordering the Jews to wear a yellow st
Nov 01, 2012 Tracy rated it it was amazing
Before the Nazis arrived, the Danes were accepting of all their citizens. "But no matter how different from each other they seemed, the Danes held one thing in common: all were loyal subjects of their beloved King Christian." The king was in the habit of riding through town with now bodyguard.
I am writing this on a day that Mitt Romney (presidential candidate) is to visit my city. I was amazed by the idea of a king who rides through the streets unarmed and unprotected. In the author's note, s
Mar 04, 2008 sarafem rated it it was amazing
Hearsay is the only proof we have of this story actually having occurred, but it is a great tale that holds a lot of signifcance. Legend has it that when Hitler ordered all Danish Jews to wear the Star of David on their clothing, the king of Denmark himself had the Star sewn on to all of his clothing. He is legendary (and this part IS proven) for riding his horse without security through Copenhagen every morning; the little nation is so peaceful and in awe of their good-hearted king that he need ...more
Jun 19, 2014 Catie rated it really liked it
In 1940 the Nazis ordered that all Jews should wear a yellow star on their clothing. King Christian X of Denmark feared for his people and what would happen if the Jews were singled out. So he sought a way to both protect and unite his subjects--by using the yellow stars. A beautifully illustrated book retelling the legend (for their is no written record of this event) and explaining to children the war and the holocaust without being overly frightening.
Mar 08, 2014 Derek rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Christopher award winner ("affirm highest values of the human spirit"; spread to wide audience.

Subjects/themes: solidarity; humility; King Christian X of Denmark (1870-1947); Nazi soldiers; yellow star: Jewish people; Danes; legend; Word War II; unity; hope

Cinematic illustrations come to life. Powerful tale of beloved King Christian, who was so admired that was often spotted riding horse back through the streets unescorted and unprotected.

Oct 19, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it
This is a historical fiction book that is intended for readers of the primary age group. This book is about how the Nazis came to Denmark in 1940. It tells about how they made the Jewish Danes wear a yellow star on all of their clothes. We know this particular star as the "Star of David". The King of Denmark took great effort in protecting all of his people that he too endured the yellow star. He went and told all his people to do as the Nazis said and wear the yellow star. By having all the peo ...more
Alexa Maring
Apr 06, 2011 Alexa Maring rated it it was amazing
Though this legend is not noted as valid, it teaches an important lesson while introducing important people and events in history. I love the author's words in the Author's note, "What if the good and strong people of the world stood shoulder to shoulder, crowding the streets and filling the squares saying, 'You cannot do this injustice to our sisters and brothers, or you must do it to us as well.' What if?" What if we all stood up for what is right? Let this book guide students and lead them to ...more
Erin Ingold
Apr 01, 2014 Erin Ingold rated it really liked it
The Yellow Star is a great story to teach about stereotypes and the history of what Jews went through long ago. Although this book is to be read as a legend, there are important historical truths about it. The illustrations in this story are very moving and powerful. Students will get the feel of how life was like for the Jews through the pictures. I think this book would make for a great read aloud and discussion in the classroom.
Amy Paget
I had the opportunity to meet storyteller, Carmen Deedy, at the ALA Conference and returned determined to read everything she has written and look for an opportunity to invite her to visit our library system. Even in this very evocative legend, Deedy's attitude comes forward. Wonderful story to be used to illustrate our common humanity.
Tori Davenport
This is a very good story of a King who would do anything for his people. I would read this story to my students when talking about the Nazi's and how they made the Jews wear the yellow star of David on their clothing. I would also read the story to them and ordered for them to better understand how it is they should treat others.
Feb 05, 2015 Gina rated it liked it
I love the story of how the Danes rescued their fellow countrymen during the Nazi rule, but I was bummed to know that the legend of King Christian X is just that- a legend. There are no documented sources of the King's legendary defiance. This would be a great supplement to Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.
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Carmen Agra Deedy is an internationally known author of children’s literature, a storyteller and radio contributor. Born in Havana, Cuba, she immigrated to the United States with her family in 1963 after the Cuban Revolution. Deedy grew up in Decatur, Georgia and currently lives in Atlanta and has three daughters.
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