Very thought provoking book. Very good.
A very real and interesting perception of the war from a ignorant childs point of view. The lack of knowledge is a double edged sword for the main character. He is able to see the joy, beauty and fun in life since he has no knowledge of the climate in which he lives, he only notices changes when they affect him and his way of stealing to survive. Uri would frustrate me because he never explained anything to him so he could understand the dangers around him and not do or say stupid things. Thought provoking in the perspective of seeing this part of history though innocent eyes. A must read for children.
Milkweed was very well written as are so many of Spinelli's books. This historical fiction story was moving as well as informational for young readers. My students are very interested in the WWII period and The Holocaust. Many of them have read The Book Thief or The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, so I will recommend Milkweed to them as well. Although I personally think that it is important to bring to life the horror that occurred during this very disturbing time in our world's history, there were a few parts that I found difficult to read, which I will also warn my students about before they read it. I recommend this book to readers ages 12 and up.
This is one of my favorite books of all time. it's about a young boy going through the Holocaust in Warsaw, Poland. It's funny, suspenseful, and at times very sad. And that's what makes Milkweed so great.