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Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  7,538 ratings  ·  812 reviews
In this gentle, poetic young graphic novel, Dounia, a grandmother, tells her granddaughter the story even her son has never heard: how, as a young Jewish girl in Paris, she was hidden away from the Nazis by a series of neighbors and friends who risked their lives to keep her alive when her parents had been taken to concentration camps.

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Hardcover, 80 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by First Second (first published 2012)
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First Second Books
Apr 01, 2014 marked it as first-second-publications
'A book about the Holocaust for kids as young as six!' you may say. 'That's just nuts!'

But, here's the thing: kids need to know about the Holocaust -- even small kids. They don't need to know about gas chambers and torture, but telling them 'this important but terrible thing happened' is really important.

And since most adults don't spend a lot of their time talking to six year-olds about the Holocaust (or about 9/11, or about any other difficult-but-important historical occurrences), it can be r
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
A powerful graphic novel about the Holocaust that my nine-year-old borrowed from the library unbeknownst to me. Both my children have learned about the Holocaust in school and both have seen History Detectives on PBS. Nonetheless, the questions began in the car on the way home as she was reading, so this book opened up an important and ongoing dialogue with my children about the dangerous combination of ignorance and fear and about the importance of speaking up. I read this later and found it to ...more
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In the age of data and accountability, text characteristics in a digestible progression, class time is for practicing reading skills in a book from the bin with your letter. Now, after you’ve practiced from your leveled text at home for a half hour, of course you can read one of those books from the “just for fun” bin.

When graphic novels are classified “just for fun,” kids get the message loud and clear: Warning: Contains No Educational Value. Kids get it. I harmlessly asked Jake what he was re
Dave Schaafsma
A tween/children's graphic historical novel by French team Dauvillier and Lizano where a grandmother tells her granddaughter, Dounia, of her experiences as a Jewish girl hidden in a closet in Vichy Paris in 1942, sheltered by neighbors as her family is captured and sent to a camp. Doesn't add to much to what we know, but it's great introduction to the topic of the Holocaust, an inspiration to kids about doing the right thing in the face of racism and injustice, and beautiful drawn by Lizano with ...more
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Don't be deceived by the cover - this is a "Juvenile Graphic Novel," not a "Picture Book." Pretty good one, too.

A modern-day little girl wakes up to find her grandmother awake in the middle of the night. The grandmother tells her granddaughter the story about her early life during the Holocaust. The story involves being separated from her parents, hiding in small spaces for hours and hours, and living with strangers. Considering the horrors of the time, it's a relatively gentle tale, and made m
Amanda M (The Curly Reader)
A good introduction to the Holocaust for young middle graders. In this graphic novel we follow a grandmother telling her granddaughter of her experiences during this tragic world event. Although, we only scratch the bare surface of what happened it is still a good introduction for younger readers.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
What a great book.
I picked this up just as a fun book to boost up my book count but wow. That was amazing.
I really recommend picking this one up. I will definitely be buying this for my personal library.
Five Stars!
Justin (Bubbas_Books)
Jun 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
There are so many Holocaust books but this one is a graphic novel designed for children to understand. Think “Maus” but for kids. It was emotional but empowering and leaves the reader with a message of hope.
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This is one giant step for graphic novels for middle grade readers. This remarkable book, originally published in France, is at first poetic and intriguing, but then it begins to expand in ways that make it one of the finest Holocaust stories for children that I've read in a long time. Living in Paris, young Dounia thinks it's fun at first when her father announces that the family will pretend to be sheriffs and all wear gold stars on their chests. School smacks her in the face with reality ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
My 10 year old son picked this graphic novel up at the library and wanted me to read it so we could discuss. This is a very well done recounting of the Holocaust from a child’s POV. I was impressed with how well the feel of the era was portrayed while keeping things at a level that children will understand.

As a parent some of the scenes in this were especially touching. Watching as Dounia’s parents tried to make wearing the Star of David a “fun” thing for their daughter and make her feel special
Nikki in Niagara
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Splendid story of the plight of Jews in Nazi-occupied France. A grandmother tells her granddaughter her story of the holocaust and how she was taken care of by a French family when her parents were carted off to a concentration camp one night. A beautiful, moving story that manages to tell the heartbreak and tragedy from a young child's perspective. The child is not told much of what is really going on, just enough to know the danger and that something very bad is happening. The adults are tryin ...more
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

Hidden tells the story of Dounia when she was a young girl during the Holocaust. This is meant for young readers so both the art and story is simple to follow. Sometimes the simplest of stories pack the hardest emotional punch and this was the case with Hidden. Dounia's confusion and fear were vividly conveyed and I felt so much for this little girl who was segregated from her peers then separated from her parents because of the war. The ending was both heartbreaking and hopeful. While t
Melissa Kahn
Nov 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Batchelder Award Nominee and the Sydney Taylor Book Award for Older Readers historical fiction graphic novel, “hidden” by Loïc Davillier, is a child’s story of the Holocaust. Dounia, a grandmother, recounts her story of the Holocaust to her grandaughter. The story begins with Dounia having a nightmare and her granddaughter comforting her on a chair. This sparks Dounia to tell her story that not even her own son knows; her family and neighbors had to hide away from the Nazis in Paris. Dounia’ ...more
Abbey Pignatari
4.5/5 (physical book)

Hidden. The story of a young girl during the Holocaust.

Hidden tells the story of Dounia, a young Jewish girl living in France during the 1930s. The story begins with normal life for Dounia - school, friends, family dinners. This is all quickly changed when the police come and take her parents away to a concentration camp and Dounia is forced to hide until someone comes to get her.

This graphic novel is gripping and real. With the illustrations to go with the text, the story
A good graphic novel introduction to the Holocaust. We see the point of view of a grandmother telling her grandchild her experiences as a young Jewish girl in France, including witnessing her parents be sent to concentration camps, having to hide with neighbors and other good samaritans from the Nazis, and then reuniting with her mother. The illustrations show what's happening with subtlety and sensitivity. It could lead to important discussions about the Holocaust for children. ...more
Xander Hunt
Oct 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
A very interesting graphic novel which explores the holocaust from the perspective of a child. The naivety of the main character is very sweet, as we as the reader don't want her to find out what is happening but worry and fear for her as the book progresses. Despite the somewhat happy climax to the narrative, the book is very sad when it comes to it's exploration of the holocaust and what happens throughout the narrative to the main character. ...more
First Second books always does beautiful work with their translations. A very well told, somewhat gentle introduction to the Holocaust - not too scary for kids, but still honest.
Alex  Baugh
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
When Elsa, 6, discovers her grandmother, Dounia Cohen, crying one night, the little girl convinces her to talk about what's causing her tears. And so, her grandma begins telling her about her own life when she was Elsa's age living in Paris.

Her best friend was Catherine and they both had a crush on Isaac, and all three went to the same school. One day, when Dounia came home from school, her father was already there. He told Dounia there were to become a family of sheriffs and soon a yellow star
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I remember learning about the Holocaust in Middle School. It was probably seventh or eighth grade when I learned all about it and went to the museum in DC and that sort of thing. I remember a bit earlier than that reading Night and Maus and having a sort-of understanding about what had happened. But not until around Middle School. I mention that because Hidden is a book geared at children as young as eight or nine. It's a very simp
Colleen Chi-Girl
It’s a graphic novel true story/memoir about WWII and the Holocaust, based on the real life of Dounia xxx from Paris, France. I read it because a few students in 5th grade loved it. (It says ages 3rd-6th on the book). I’m not a huge fan of graphic novels but that wasn’t what put me off. I found it confusing at times. And if I found it occasionally confusing and had to reread, perhaps children might as well. Other than that marvelous that there are graphic novels on this subject!!
Jennifer Bacall
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust, masterfully introduces young readers to both the gut-wrenching horror, and the triumph of human spirit that one girl experienced in Paris in June of 1940.

The book begins with a contemporary child sleeping in a contemporary bedroom. The technique is a fabulous tool to attract reluctant readers with familiarity. Restless, the girl seeks her grandmother’s solace and her Grandma chooses to share with her the most meaningful piece of her personal history.

Jun 14, 2018 added it
Shelves: multicultural
Alternative book report: The US President has learned that you've read this book and wants
to know one thing a main character discovered about life that you
think all Americans should know. What would you tell him? Why?

Dounia learns the adults who lie to her only did so to protect her. She also learned that when they lied, there was something bigger behind it. This is important, because adults try to protect children all the time. This form of protection is harmless, in a sense, but is it effect
Stefanie Kellum
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Excellent graphic interpretation of the Holocaust from a child's perspective. I'll definitely be purchasing this for my library.

*I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley.
Wonderful, clear, touching telling of a grandmother finally telling the story of her experiences as a Jewish girl during World War II to her granddaughter.
Stacey Shapiro
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Don't mind me, just crying over this beautiful comic. ...more
CarrieBeth Garrett
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my heart ached to read this book. A beautiful and gentle introduction for children into a horrific part of history.
"Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust" was one of the 2015 Batchelder Award Honor books. Translated from French, this touching graphic novel tells the story of Dounia Cohen, a grandmother who finally shares her experiences during the Holocaust with her granddaughter, Elsa. Dounia recounts her memories of being a Jewish child living in Paris in 1942 and the many kind people who helped to keep her hidden and alive.

Author Loic Dauvillier and illustrator Marc Lizano beautifully capture the pers
Stacey Giglio
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Emily Hernandez
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Graphic Novel Entry #1

Genre- The book Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocast is a historical fiction. Historical fiction is a fictional story that takes place in a particular time in the past. The setting is usually real, but the characters are made up. This book is an intermediate level book and is good for third-sixth grade.

Text-to-Self- It was very hard to make a text-to-self connection, because I felt like most things I could connect this to in my life would make light of the Holocaust. Th
Nov 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust is a 2015 Mildred L. Batchelder Award Honor Title. Originally published in French, this story shows the impact of the Nazi Holocaust on a Jewish family in Paris. I admit that I was well aware of the Nazi take over of France, but did not connect the Holocaust and Jewish persecution with Vichy France. I’m quick to think of Normandy and the resistance. I think of the defiant patrons of Rick’s Cafe singing La Marseillaise. This book made me do a double take c ...more
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