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Rose Blanche

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  969 Ratings  ·  226 Reviews
A young German girl watches as the streets of her town fill with soldiers and tanks. Then, one day, she follows a truck into the woods and discovers a terrible secret.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1985 by Creative Editions (first published 1985)
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Lisa Vegan
Sep 11, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: school aged children who already know something about the Holocaust or war in general
Recommended to Lisa by: Chandra
This is a horror story. Highly disturbing. Who the heck is this aimed at?!

It’s about the horrors of war/the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of a young (non-Jewish) German girl who doesn’t fully understand the situation of the war going on. She does see some suffering though and tries to alleviate it. She’s a wonderfully compassionate person.

Children who read or listen to this story are going to have questions, I think.

The book is beautifully illustrated but I found the story unsatisfying. The
A young German girl discovers the horrors of WWII.

A gripping, haunting, and compassionate story. Young Rose Blanche lives in a small German village and one day witnesses the fear of a young boy being held by Nazi soldiers. Wanting to know why he was so afraid and what was going to happen to him, she follows tanks deep into the forest. There, she discovers a hidden concentration camp filled with starving women and children. This book depicts her compassion and efforts to help alleviate their hung
Emma Long
Jan 15, 2013 Emma Long rated it really liked it
Rose Blanche is a disturbing picture book that deals with the horrors of the holocaust, however it is not from the viewpoint we are familiar with. This book is clever in many ways as it taps into the understanding (or lack of) of a young girl, Rose Blanche. As the streets of her hometown fill up with soldiers and tanks Rose knows something serious is to occur. After following one of the tanks into the forest Rose uncovers a Nazi concentration camp and forms a bond with the prisoners from across ...more
Roger DeBlanck
Feb 01, 2012 Roger DeBlanck rated it it was amazing
Although Rose Blanche is a picture book, its subject matter and content of the Holocaust make it classifiable as a juvenile fiction title. This intense and moving book has illustrations that will silence readers with their realism. The darkening hues of the reds, browns, greens, and grays depict the horror and gloom of the war. But in the middle of the escalating madness, Rose Blanche’s blue jacket, pink dress, and red hair ribbon remain vivid and distinct. She symbolizes the hope in the horror. ...more
Mar 30, 2014 Courtney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edutl-2368
Blanche, R. Rose Blanche. The Creative Company (1985).

Rose Blanche is about a young girl living in Germany at the time of World War II and the Nazi regime. One day she follows a truck after they arrest a young boy and finds a concentration camp. Rose begins to bring food that she slips to the prisoners, until one day the Allies come. On the day they come Rose is walking to the camp, only to find it destroyed, and she is then killed by a stray bullet.

While this may look like a picture book is not
Alex Baugh
Nov 19, 2012 Alex Baugh rated it liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
I have had Rose Blanche sitting on my bookshelves for years, but I have avoided writing about it for the same reason The Boy in the Striped Pajamas hasn't shown up here - they are both problematic texts with good intentions.

***Spoiler Alert**

Rose Blanche is a picture book about a young girl living in a small town in Germany. One day, some trucks with soldiers [Nazis] show up and take over the town. Then, some people are rounded up and put on trucks that drive them away. Rose, curious about thes
Mar 24, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it
“Rose Blanche” follows a German girl with the same name. Rose doesn’t understand what is going on but comes across children in a camp who she decides to feed. Although tanks and soldiers fill the streets Rose feels that things are still rather normal. This story is interesting since Rose sees what others might think is strange or horrible but has a rather indifferent reaction. Also mid-story the narrator changes from Rose to a third person narrator. The illustrations enhance the story showing od ...more
Oct 19, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it
Rose Blanche is a fictional story about a young German girl trying to understand WWII. She see's large tanks coming through her city and eventually follows them to a concentration camp on the outskirts of town. Here she befriends the prisoners and starts bringing them food in an effort to help their suffering. She is visiting the deserted camp when the American forces take over her city and German soldiers mistake her for the enemy and accidentally shoot her.
Although the plot is rather dark, chi
Olivia Lavelle
Mar 11, 2012 Olivia Lavelle rated it really liked it
This was a good historical fiction book. It was about a little German girl who sat at her window and watched the soldiers as they filled her streets. She was curious as to why this was happening, so one day she followed them into the woods and discovered something devastating (concentration camps). The illustrations were amazing, especially the little girls clothing. Throughout this book she was wearing this clothing that stayed quite distinct though out the book. What was interesting was her co ...more
Shelley Daugherty
Oct 30, 2014 Shelley Daugherty rated it really liked it
I don't know how I feel about this book. It's way to dark to be a children's book. I think maybe if you were trying to describe the Nazi's to small children then maybe however, yeah... I just don't know. The illustrations are wonderful and I love the story, I just don't know where this would be something that was used. Maybe for special education? Not sure, but I personally love it.
Hannah Scott
Feb 03, 2016 Hannah Scott rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed how the story was told from the perspective of a child, giving the reader a new view of what it was like to live through World War II. Although the ending was a little confusing, I suppose that's the point of it. Since it never directly says that Rose got shot, you have to figure it out from the fact that she never came home after that gunshot. This is a very good way to write a children's book because although young children won't understand it, adults and older children will.
Garrett Boskey
Jan 10, 2016 Garrett Boskey rated it it was amazing
I feel that the book is an extremely good one. It shows the confusion of a child during war and how children don't understand everything that went on during WWII.
Stephanie Malone
Jan 10, 2016 Stephanie Malone rated it really liked it
I liked this book because it showed the perspective of how a child experienced war. I think it is a good book for kids because they won't understand the gruesome ending.
Jun 22, 2014 Cheyenne rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, holocaust
This book is great for inferencing!
Derek Coleman
Jan 13, 2016 Derek Coleman rated it really liked it
Good children book.
Oct 14, 2011 Paige rated it it was amazing
This book was really good. It was very intense. I think that this should definitely be read at a higher grade level. The ending of the story is so surprising. But, it is based on what really happened in history. This is a very good book to read to a class when introducing the holocaust. Although the story was intense, it gave a lot of information and made a clear picture of what it could have been like during this time. The illustrations were very realistic and this book should definitely be use ...more
Jenny Schuth
Mar 28, 2016 Jenny Schuth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
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Abbie Mitterhuber
Nov 24, 2015 Abbie Mitterhuber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We found this book to be an extremely powerful and moving depiction of confusion in World War 2 and the innocence of the children it impacted.

Roberto Innocenti's illustrations contradict Ian McEwan's writing as the detached authors view point does not express the emotions the pictures so distinctly portray.

The use of colour is particularly effective, with emphasis on the themes in the book. As the story progresses, the setting and characters become bleaker and duller as a clear indication of th
Alice Chandler
Rose Blanche
Local men went off to war to fight for germany, mothers, wives and children all waved, everyone cheered and was happy. Not much changed apart from long queues for food and noises became very loud. Rose was always greeted by her mother with a hot drink when she returned from school. lorries coming and going, everyone unaware of where they were coming from and going to, however one broke down and little boy escaped although mayor caught him as soldiers threatened to shoot him. Rose fol
Mia Lockhart
Nov 24, 2015 Mia Lockhart rated it it was amazing
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Stephanie George
Rose Blanche is a young girl living with her mother in Germany. Her life is pretty normal until she starts to notices big trucks with soldiers in them driving through the town often. One day she sees a little boy try to escape from a truck and Rose Blanche becomes curious. She follows the truck with the boy in it out of town and through the woods. She is shocked when she is stopped by a barbed, electric fence with hungry children on the other side. She gives her food to the children before headi ...more
Oct 30, 2014 Justin rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a war town country? Rose Blanche is a story written by Roberto Innocenti and is about a young German child who discovers the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust first hand.
It is a very interesting book throughout at times it can be haunting and a real eye opener to the life that innocent people are forced to live in war torn countries. The story also shows the how the compassion of innocent people especially children will put themsel
Danielle Boles
Amazing story that introduces the horror of WW2 in a simpler way. This is a story of a young girl, Rose Blanche who lives in a German village. One day she sees a young boy being held by Nazi soldiers. She immediately becomes curious as to why he is so afraid of the soldiers and follows the tanks deep into the forest to a concentration camp. She sees the starving women and children, which really shows the horror of this time period. She is in conflict with herself on how to help these poor people ...more
Emily Scott
Apr 06, 2014 Emily Scott rated it it was amazing
This book is a historical fiction picture book set in World War 2 in Germany. It is a great supporting resource to the introduction to war (particularly the 2nd world war) topics on the Holocaust and also discussions around peace. The story is told from the perspective of a young brave girl named Rose Blanche. One day, Rose notices a little young boy getting captured by soldiers and is then taken away in an army truck. She follows the truck to the outskirts of the city where she discovers a conc ...more
Edward Lee
Apr 02, 2014 Edward Lee rated it really liked it
Rose Blanche is a story based in WWII from the innocent perspective of a little girl named Rose Blanche. She watches as people in her city are taken by the Nazi's, most likely to concentration camps. As her city is covered more and more with the German army, with checkpoints and trucks and tanks all around the streets, she saw a little boy. The little boy tried escaping from a couple of Germans but was soon caught. Curious to see where he went, she wandered off, past the checkpoints into an open ...more
Rose Blanche is a little girl who lives in Germany during World War 2. It is comparable to The Boy in the Striped Pajamas because it is a story told from a child like perspective and the ignorance is obvious. It is also comparable when she feeds the other children through the fence as well.
The story starts off with some soldiers coming into Rose Blanche's little town and occupying the streets. She follows these people out of town and into the forest where she comes across a concentration camp. F
Brittaney Reed
Feb 24, 2014 Brittaney Reed rated it really liked it
Innocenti, R. (1985). Rose blanche. Mankato, MN: Creative education, Inc.

"Rose Blanche" by Roberto Innocenti, follows a young German girl who lives during a time were soldiers fill her streets. She is a curious, compassionate young girl. One day she follows a truck into the woods and discovers a very sad sight. She has stumbled upon a concentration camp. Although, in the story, the author never points out that it is a concentration camp nor that this is during the time where the Nazi's ruled Ge
Jordan Brown
Feb 17, 2014 Jordan Brown rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-etl-2368
Rose Blanche
Author: Roberto Innocenti
Reading Level: Ages 10 and up

R, Innocenti (1985). Rose Blanche Mankato, MN: Creative Paperbacks

The book is historical fiction. It takes place in Nazi Germany during World War II. The book follows the protagonist, a child, who routinely sneaks away from her town and visits a prison camp. For a while, she feeds some of the prisoners, but as the war escalates, things become more dire.

It's a tough book, and the subject matter would most likely fly over the head o
LesLee Sanders
Oct 27, 2015 LesLee Sanders rated it it was amazing
This book is the fictional story of a child during WWII. It follows a girl named Rose Blanche who is in the middle of the war but doesn't really understand what is going on. She follows a car with a young boy all the way to a concentration camp which she didn't know about, who is housing hungry kids who wear stars (Jews).Rose begins to go without food and packs it in her backpack to give to the kids at this camp. Her kind deed continues at the end when she goes to the camp to give more food, whi ...more
Mar 31, 2014 Allie rated it really liked it
This story is about a little girl names Rose who is unfamiliar with the holocaust. One day she sees a Nazi yelling at a little boy and she wants to know what is going on. Rose follows one of the tanks into the forest and discovers a concentration camp. At the concentration camp Rose sees many starving children and women. She then beings bringing these children food from her house, until one day when she goes and no one is there. Rose does not return after this day. This book is a picture book wi ...more
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Italian illustrator Roberto Innocenti (born 1940) is known for his highly detailed, painterly style and his devotion to realistic representation in such classic works as Cinderella, The Adventures of Pinocchio, A Christmas Carol, and Nutcracker. He is also the illustrator of an original Holocaust tale, Rose Blanche, that has been highly publicized throughout Europe and the United States. Innocenti ...more
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