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Hitler's Canary by Sandi Toksvig
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Oct 04, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: childrens, historical, war

I had no idea that Denmark was called Hitler's canary, I didn't even realise how the Nazi's treated Danish people until this book. I, of course, knew about the Holocaust and the monstrous things that happened during that time but I had no idea that for such a small and normally peaceful country, they put up such a big resistance and evacuated THAT many jews.

This book was aimed at children as an adventure story but I beleive that unless you know and understand the context of this book you won't be able to get the full message of the book. The illustrations and general language, combined with the main character choice was screaming children's book however the message was strangely more adult and her mothers illness due to the cuts on her legs is quite graphic for a kid. I would've been very interested in the story from the mother's point of view, it would've been much more interesting....

A sweet book that let itself down by giving everyone a happy ending really, when that obviously wasn't the case in the war. I didn't approve of that but then again I can never see a childrens book being relevant or understood by children. I also disapprove of "wartime adventure" it wasn't an adventure!!! I really don't like it but that's just me...

Something about this book has stayed with me though, in the "Program Notes" I saw that the children wrote and drew pictures on the walls of their cells. To try and lighten up themselves and others most probaly but now we know that they were there. They left a mark therefore won't be forgotton, a desire I think a lot of people hold today no matter how they make their mark.

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Reading Progress

September 27, 2011 –
page 38
19.79% (Hardcover Edition)
September 28, 2011 –
page 144
75.0% (Hardcover Edition)
Started Reading
September 30, 2011 – Finished Reading
October 4, 2011 – Shelved
October 4, 2011 – Shelved as: childrens
October 4, 2011 – Shelved as: historical
October 4, 2011 – Shelved as: war

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