Number the Stars
Cast: 7m., 7w. (Extras if desired.) During the German occupation of Denmark in World War II, the Nazis closed down Jewish-owned businesses and began to round up the Jews for relocation to concentration camps for the final solution. Danish f
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The second of the books that we listened to on my recent multi-generational, girls road-trip, was 'Number the Stars'. I could not have chosen better. This story was suspenseful, educational and deeply emotional. With an age range of 5 years-old to 88 years-old in the car, this book managed to hold all of attention.
Like most readers, I've read plenty of books set during the WWII era. Some were graphic and shocking in their descriptions of the horre ...more
i think it helped that i was so young when i read this, as imagining a ten year old standing up to nazis was something remarkable, but imaginable for me. i loved annemarie, i identified with her in ways i can't really explain. i read this book again and again, and it never changed. there are scenes burned into my memory: the fake fune ...more
The evacuation of Jews from Nazi-held Denmark is one of the great untold stories of World War II. On September 29, 1943, word got out in Denmark that Jews were to be detained and then sent to the death camps. Within hours the Danish resistance, population and police arranged a small flotilla to herd 7,000 Jews ...more
This is a nice little story about a family who smuggles some Jewish friends out of Denmark during the Nazi occupation in 1943. I always avoided reading this because it looked depressing, but it wasn't. It wasn't a light story, but it didn't have the horrible scenes that fill most holocaust books.
However, the author's note at the end affected me deeply. I don't know a lot about my Danish heritage- I've alw ...more
Lois Lowery ISBN 0-06-447073-3
“Annemarie looked up, panting, just as she reached the corner. Her laughter stopped. Her heart seemed to skip a beat. ‘Halte!’ the soldier ordered in a stern voice ” (2, Lowery). And so begins Lois Lowery’s Number the Stars. When I first began to read Number the Stars a few years ago, I found that I could hardly get passed page three without dozing off. Recently, I had a friend tell me I should give the boo ...more
দবিতীয় বিশবযুদধ নিয়ে যে কোন বই আমার কাছে পোলাওয়ের শেষ পাতে ঘরে পাতা মিষটি দইয়ের মতোন! পেলেই লুফে নেই! এই বইটি ...more
From the Afterword, a part of a letter written by a young man from the Resistance to his mother, on the eve of his execution:
"You must not dream yourselves back to the times before the war, but the dream for you all, young and old, must be to create an ideal of human decency, and not a narrow-minded and prejudice one."
I'm all for human decency, anytime, anywhe ...more
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry is a book I read years ago. It's historical fiction but highlights the horror of WWII. It's a meaningful story that demonstrates what friends will do for each other when in need.
This is an easy chapter book for middle grade students and older. I have recently re-read it as an adult and was captivated once again.
The last classic novel I've read is this book. Mom is devious. She wrapped this little shit with a vintage wrapper, stashed it under my bed and asked me to clean my room because it re ...more
The story is told through the eyes of 10 year old Annemarie Johansen, and how her f ...more
The story gave insights of how people lived in Denmark in back those days. With simple language, the author is succeeded in making beginners about WWs understand what was the scenario back then.
The idea of drugged handkerchief was new to me.
The German were so desperate to catch Jews that they brought hunting dogs into the picture, 'who could find out a person by smelling a dried fish'. So this drug was made of rabbit ...more
Soon after the beginning of the story, the Nazi soldiers begin attempting to take Denmark's Jewish citizens away to concentration camps (read: starvation ...more
Well, I can't remember items on my shopping list while I'm at the store, but I remembered a surpris ...more
I always feel sad after reading books related to Nazi invasion. But this book left me with some beautiful feelings! It is a gleaming jewel which tells a story of a brave 10 years old, Annemarie who risks her life to save her best friend Ellen. She not only saves her friend but also saves the lives of others with her bravery and wittiness.
Yeah, I know it’s a fiction and the plot seems very unreal in ...more
It's easy read and meant for children/ young teens but it's a classic read for adults too, IMHO.
Some of it has the aspect of a fairy tale in the gentle approach to a terrible reality- but it doesn't seem at all unbelievable for the context and people at all. Well done.
It's definitely something both adults and children would enjoy, and it would definitely be a story that would have a lasting impact on the reader, no matter where they're from or how old they are.
In this case, it is also an homage to the brave people of Denmark, who helped hide and then transport to Sweden their entire Jewish population. I had already become "acquainted" with Danish Resistance through Ken Follet's books, but this one is a beauti ...more
Well, now I have, and it was pretty good.
I can't imagine too much of it sticking with me for too long. There are just SO many holocaust stories and books and movies out there. I bet I will take the story of King Christian X with me though - riding through Copenhagen unprotected; unguarded. A soldier asked a boy on the street where his body-guards were, and the boy replied, 'all ...more
"I’ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three. My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother: gentle, family-oriented, eager to please. Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad; together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets; and later, when Jon was older, they always ...more