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Amber Thomas (althomas80) | 28 comments Rose Blanche By: Roberto Innocenti
This book is about a young girl named Rose Blanche and her view of the Nazis during the time of the Holocaust. She watches men who are soldiers traveling through her town in tanks and wonders why they are there. Rose also sees a boy escape out of a truck but is soon caught by a man at gunpoint who puts him back in the truck. She follows the truck out of town and sees many children behind barbed wire (at a concentration camp). The children all say they are hungry. Rose begins to bring food from her house and visits the camp every day to feed them. Then one morning people were fleeing town and soldiers were going too. Many of the soldiers were hurt. Rose went into the forest again that day to visit the camp. When she got there, she sees it is empty and the camp is destroyed. Soldiers were moving among the trees and the enemy was all around her. There was a shot. Rose Blanche never returned to her home after that day in the woods. On that day, new soldiers came into town who spoke a different language.
This book could be read and used by teachers to discuss the Holocaust, World War II, and the Nazi government. There is not a lot of information given about the specifics of this historical time period. Research could be done to better understand the events that occurred during the book. This story would promote a lot of discussion with students despite the fact that it is a picture book. There are even historical elements that can be explored by looking at the pictures. This book is definitely recommended for older students who can deal with the difficulties that were experienced by people during this period of history.

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Amber Thomas (althomas80) | 28 comments Jackie Robinson: Strong Inside and Out Edited by: Time for Kids
This book is about the life of Jackie Robinson. The book begins by discussing Robinson’s childhood and about how African Americans were treated differently as he grew up. He did not have as many rights due to his skin color. He played sports in college and did very well playing football, but he quit the sport when he realized that no professional teams would let an African Americans play. He eventually became a soldier and fought in World War II. After several years with the military, Jackie joined a Negro League baseball team in Kansas City. Soon, a man named Rickey Branch who was from the Brooklyn Dodger’s team recruited Jackie to play for the Montreal Royals, the Dodgers “farm” training team. He believed that Jackie could tolerate any criticism or hatred he would receive from fans or other baseball players. Rickey wanted Jackie to prove he could handle it, and he could then be moved to a National League team, the Dodgers. While he played, Jackie had to deal with other players refusing to play, not being allowed to stay in the same hotel as the rest of his team, and being purposely hit with the ball while at bat. Jackie overcame all of this and eventually began to be respected for his actions on and off the field. Jackie played baseball for 10 years and opened the door for many other African Americans to play baseball.
This is a great book to use in the classroom. Not only can you discuss the obstacles Jackie overcame in his life, but you can also talk about Civil Rights and the segregation there was during this period in history. There many themes of literatures that can be applied to this book and used with students. This is a great biography with easy to read information. Time for Kids created this book and included real pictures and timelines that help students understand what they are reading. I would recommend this book for third grade students on up due to some difficult vocabulary it does have in it. It would also be great to use with students in a small reading group.

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