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Rose Blanche

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  549 ratings  ·  174 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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
KatLynne
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...more
Emma Long
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
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
Courtney
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...more
Alex Baugh
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...more
Anne
“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
Julie
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...more
Olivia Lavelle
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
Paige
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
Emily Scott
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
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
Ghoover
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...more
Brittaney Reed
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...more
Jordan Brown
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...more
Allie
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
Amber
As an adult I knew exactly what this story was going to be about as soon as I saw the flags and when she explained abut the soldiers. I liked that the illustrator chose to have the picture realistic because I feel if they weren’t realistic it would really take away from the seriousness of this topic. I also like that the author chose to do this story from a child’s point of view because then the children are more able to relate to her and almost imagine they are her. Her descriptions in the stor...more
Meaghan
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Maureen
An honest and stunning picture book that honestly depicts the atrocities of war. Appropriate for older students to build background knowledge of Nazi occupation during WWII. The provocative illustrations are evocative images of authentic historical photos that documented the Holocaust.
Marcie
Rose Blanche, by Roberto Innocenti, is a historical fiction picture book for children. Set during World War II, this book tells about what a little girl sees when she finds a concentration camp full of children. She saves her food every day to take to the emaciated kids and one day as she walked through the woods to the camp, she walked into an active battle where she was shot. This story is definitely for older children around the junior high age because that's where they learn about the Holoca...more
Emily
Rose Blanche is a book about the Holocaust and how a little girl witnesses the encampment of lots of people behind wire fences. She notices a little boy being taken by men in uniform driving a big truck and follows it to a camp of starving people. She gives some kids her leftover bread and they tell her they are hungry. Every day she goes back to the fence with more food and gives it to the children through the fence. One day when she goes to the camp she sees the fence torn down and all the peo...more
Taylor De La Fe
This story is about a young girl names rose blanche. she tells a story about her view of the hollocaust. The story was not the best. I think it could come across as a little confusing to younger students who may not know much about the hollocaust. I think the writer should have been more specific about what was happening so it would be easier for the students to follow. I would probably not even use this one since it isn't straight forward. I think it would be okay to either introduce the topic...more
Kathy
This story is told through the eyes of Rose in Nazi Germany. The illustrations are stunning as we see her courage and compassion.
Gina Diloreto
Innocenti, R. (1985). Rose blanche. Mankato, MN: Creative Education, Inc.

This book tackles a difficult topic. That of the experience of living under the Nazi regime during WWII. This story fits into the genre of 'realistic fiction' because it could have actually happened. It's about a young girl who follows a boy who has been captured by the S.S. She hoards food and gives it to the children who are imprisoned on the other side of the fence. I won't reveal the ending, but it was troubling to me....more
Adam Zaobiedny
Title: Rose Blanche
Author: Roberto Innocenti and Christophe Gallaz
Illustrator: Roberto Innocenti
Publisher: Creative Editions
Year Originally Published: 1985
Approximate Interest Level / Reading Level: 5th-8th Grade (could be used for high school classes as well)

Innocenti's Rose Blanche examines a look at hardships of injustice suffered by those during the Holocaust. The story is seen through the eyes of Rose Blanche, a young girl living in Germany. One day she follows soldiers taking prisoners t...more
Esther
Rose Blanche by Roberto Innocenti and Christophe Gallaz
Published by Creative Editions, Mankato, Minnesota, 1985
Interest Level: 5th-12th Grade (based on content more than difficulty)

Rose Blanche is a young girl living in Nazi Germany who follows Nazi soldiers and finds out the horrifying truth behind what is in the forest. As she follows the soldiers into the forest she is drawn to help those she finds. As she continues to help, the war progresses and things changes drastically for young Rose. Ro...more
Steve Bryans
Rose Blanche, is a beautifully illustrated book, set at the beginning of World War Two about a young German girl’ quest to help a young Jewish boy.

This book uses thought provoking illustrations and text to demonstrate events that happened to Rose Blanche and what she witnesses. It takes a different and interesting approach of viewing the life of German civilians.

Rose Blanche often saw tanks and trucks driving through her town where she lived. One day however a young boy jumped out of a truck and...more
Aska
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Jennifer
This is a story told from the perspective of a young German girl growing up in Nazi Germany. It's interesting because the book introduces you to the girl and how she doesn't really understand what is going on around her, she says nothing is really changing in her world as many children would be like in this time period. But she is in color and everything else is faded. One day she sees a boy captured by German soldiers and follows them to where she finds a concentration camp. The setting here is...more
Shane Prevosto
Rose Blanche
Author: Christopher Gallaz
Illustrator: Roberto Innocenti
pages:32
Publisher: Creative Co
Copyright:1985
Picture Book
Developmental Age: Primary
Themes: War, loss, concentration camps
Summary: Rose Blanche is the main character in this story that finds a concentration camp while following a mysterious van. The story takes place in Germany during War World II. After finding the camp, Rose continues to visit and brings food to the prisoners. At the end of the story the camp is freed by Americ...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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