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Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  5,555 Ratings  ·  641 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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Zhenry because its just not boys but also little girls who went through it!
Avery A girl's who's grandmother survived the Holocaust and is telling the story of her childhood.

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Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A graphic novel every kid and adult should read.

A grandmother is telling her granddaughter the story of how WWII affected her family--how she lost both of her parents to the war and its racist and unhumane anti-Jews rules and was left to be cared for by neighbors.

It is true that very few had the chance to escape the camps, but this child did. Except, she did not escape death intact--she lost the two people she cared most in her life.

Now she must pretend she isn't Jewish... Must answer to a new n
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
David 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
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
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
Nicola Mansfield
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
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
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 (not a dude) 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
Stuff I Read - Hidden: A Children's Story of the Holocaust Review

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
Jennifer Haight
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.

Ms. Yingling
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
A grandmother tells her young grandmother a story she has kept secret for years; her parents were taken by the Nazis from their home in France, and she spent much of her childhood staying with a neighbor and hiding on a farm. After the war, the family with whom she stayed helped her look for her parents, but her father never came back. Her mother was in very bad shape, but with the help of the neighbors, was able to function in a post war world.
Strengths: Our 8th grade studies the Holocaust, bu
A quietly powerful graphic novel for younger ones about the Holocaust. Dauvillier tells Dounia's story in simple language that young ones can comprehend and allows the graphics to speak for themselves. Often, impact in graphic novels comes from a few wordless spreads, because it's then that the artist can truly shine. Here, the graphics and words mingle seamlessly to tell the story of a young Jewish girl living in the Nazi occupation of France.

Check out my full review of this on my blog.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think this can be a pretty good introduction to the Holocaust for a child. Things are introduced without becoming too intense, so it feels like a good starting place.

As an adult reading it who is familiar with many of the details, I never get used to it. It's not even having a hard time with humans being shipped off to death camps, but even that people who could like and accept and be fair to someone one day could change so quickly because of the star, even children. It is always going to feel
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful way to get children talking and learning about one of the worst (if not the worst) genocides in world history. Also a beautiful text for continuing the conversation that I hope never stops. Groundbreaking even for me as an adult. This will become apart of my home library, no question.
P.S. Winn
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great, Illustrated story of Dounia, now a grandmother, telling her story even to her granddaughter. Dounia was a Jewish girl in Paris. She had to be hidden from the Nazis by people who risked their own lives to help her.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This is a well done story.
Sabine Kettschau
"Das versteckte Kind“ fand seinen Weg als ein weiteres Wanderbuch durch die Nachbarschaft im Campus Libris – Literatur en Blog zu mir und ich war auch hier heilfroh, dass meine Nachbarn mich damit nicht allein ließen und die, die es schong gelesen hatten, konnten mich gut verstehen und haben mir die Schulter geliehen, die ich brauchte, wenn das Mit-Leiden zu groß war und etwas vorab raus musste.

Man könnte die Geschichte der kleinen Dounia, die im Jetzt in der Geschichte selbst eine Großmutter is
Jennifer Mangler
This is a good, quick introduction to the Holocaust, told through the eyes of a hidden child. I especially appreciate the glimpse this book gives into the risks taken by the Resistance in hiding people and keeping them safe.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dounia Cohen is like any other young girl in France in 1942, until her family and others are made to wear a “sheriff’s star” on their clothing. Only the yellow stars are really to identify French Jews. Dounia’s daily life changes almost overnight; discrimination is everywhere, even her school. Then one night the police come for the Cohen family, and a split-second decision by Dounia’s father sets his daughter on a dangerous course for the remainder of the war.

Hidden is a children’s version of Sa
Sean G
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*** Warning - Ending Spoiler***

I think this book would fall under both the “historical fiction” and “graphic novel” categories because of the historical significance behind the traumatic experiences of Dounia Cohen when she was a child. Dounia recounts her previous experiences of living in France and how she began noticing the changes to society after the German invasion. Dounia explains to her granddaughter about how her family was taken to a concentration camp by the Nazis, but she was able to
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