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When a Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew: A Memoir

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Born in the Netherlands at a time when girls are to be housewives and mothers and nothing else, Hendrika de Vries is a “daddy’s girl” until her father is deported from Nazi-occupied Amsterdam to a POW camp in Germany and her mother joins the Resistance. In the aftermath of her father’s departure, Hendrika watches as freedoms formerly taken for granted are eroded with escal ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by She Writes Press
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Bernice
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book this year; I couldn't put it down. This memoir is told in the voice of a young girl living in Amsterdam during and just after world war II. It is a heartbreaking account of how quickly and oppressively life changed for her family and neighbors. She went from a loving, sweet childhood
to an existence of adversity, hunger and destruction. The title is perfect for the book.
Jeanette
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I cannot find the words to describe this book, other than i couldn't put it down from the first to last page. So gripping! One can only imagine what the family went through and the heartache they endured. A well written memoire that was dedicated to Corrie Ten Boom a Dutch Resistance Fighter and one in which i can highly recommend reading.

My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy.
Tanya
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The author conveys her childhood memories so legitimately, without being saccharine. This is a book about heroes, survivors, desperation and honesty. Yes the mother and daughter discuss catching a stray cat to eat it. It is a brutal retelling of a city starving to death. Their Jewish friends are taken away. It’s intense but provides so many good life lessons. Love it!
Susan
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Henny is a young girl when her father is taken away to a labor camp in Germany from her and her mother. She is afraid when she sees her father behind the barb wire fence to say goodbye before he leaves for the labor camp. She gives him her little toy dog to protect him. As she and her mother go back home, they act bravely. When it is time for Henny to go to school for the first time in her life, she doesn’t want to leave her mother. As time goes by, Henny sees how people are just picked and take ...more
Sandra Vdplaats
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gripping and heartbreaking account of a Dutch girl, growing up as a 'war child'.
With her dad taken a POW, she and her mom had to endure the abhorrence of the Hungerwinter in Amsterdam. They barely survived. This is her story.
A story about hardship, and how to just keep going and never giving up. After the war, she thrived, helping others dealing with personal trauma.

This memoire is dedicated to Corrie ten Boom, a wellknown Dutch Resistence fighter.
Moving read. Thank you for sharing your life
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Kriti
I love books about historic events that we learn about as facts in school, and hardly ever learn the actual human experience behind it. We learn in school about the war times but we never really learn about the after. When a toy dog became a wolf and the moon broke curfew is a gripping memoir about living in the midst of war. Henny is five when war takes her father from the family as a Prisoner of War, as the Netherlands are occupied by Nazi Germany. Coming to terms with the social situation as a chil ...more
Becki
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a beautifully written memoir about a girl living through Nazi occupation, just a few blocks from Anne Frank. Hendrika de Vries didn’t have to hide usually, but she and her mother had to live carefully and quietly, so they didn’t draw any unwanted attention. At the same time, her mother also had to do everything to provide for them while her father was a prisoner of war.

The author narrates the intertwined relationship with her mother in a way that shows not only its necessity, but also t
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Shirley
War through the eyes of a child

This is a story of a young child during the war living in Amsterdam while it was occupied by the Nazi's.

I liked that the book was told from a child's point of view. The characters were good. The description of the country and the story settings was realistic.

Jenny was only five when her father left for war. She was seven when he returned a different person. The story in the two years he was gone, the Nazi's, the hunger, and the J
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Diane
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This memoir describes another terrible side of war. Hendrika de Vries takes us back with her to her childhood, sharing at first the happy times and then the indescribable terror and hunger of daily life in Amsterdam especially during that final year of World War II. But it also lifts our spirits as we learn of the strength and bravery of a mother who will sacrifice everything for what is right and is able to teach her daughter the immense value of this.

A remarkable and unforgettable
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Gina
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A heart-wrenching and example of resilience during World War II. I want to know what comes next in her life!
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