The most age appropriate book about this subject I've seen so far. I read almost anything I can find on the Holocaust, all parts of it, whether it's academic, YA, anything and most of the "YA" I've read so far isn't what I'd give my daughter until she's an older teenager/young adult.
Even though this is fiction it's based on a true story and I love that Lowry adds at the end what is real and what's not. I also love how she touches on a part of the Holocaust that isn't written about for the most part.
In this book for youth, a "Gentile" family is faced with a hard reality during World War II. This reality is that the German occupiers do not want the Jewish people to thrive or to even survive. This causes a crisis for the family, because they are dear friends with a small Jewish family.
The book is very sensitively written, yet it does express the conflicts that arose during World War II. I loved it and thought it was written in such a way that one could use this book as a place to teach children about the history of World War II without overwhelming details of horror.
Annemarie and her best friend Ellen, a Jewish girl, are not very afraid of the soldiers standing on the street corners. They have blended in, and they hardly remember life without them. However, their parents are terrified of them, and one night, Ellen and her family must hide. Ellen's parents disappear, and Ellen must pose as Annemarie's sister.
How long can Annemarie and her family fool the Nazis?
Simply told, Lois Lowry weaves yet another story for younger readers (though adults will enjoy it as well) that will keep them reading through the end.
My only complaint is the cover, which does not match the discription of any of the characters, and that I can only find this book in paperback. I have been looking for a long time (on other sites other than PaperBack Swap) and have not found it in hardcover, which is too bad because this book is worth it.
Don't let the fact that it's in paperback stop you from getting this book. Even though it is not directly a true story, it will give readers a taste of life during WWII.
One of my favorite books. I have read this book several times. The main character is not Jewish, but her best friend is and it's about how the main character's family protects her friend's Jewish family during the WWII Nazi regime. A great book for a young reader or adult. Highly recommend. Surprised this one hasn't been made into a movie yet.
One of the few Holocaust book I've read featuring the perspective of a child who is not Jewish herself. The heroine must try to understand the violence happening all around her while at the same time help her family to protect the persecuted. Like all of Lowry's books, Number of the Stars is subtle yet deeply meaningful.
No wonder this was a Newbery Medal Winner. This book is a very good historical tale (WW II) which is quite apropos to todays world and needs. Makes good family time reading - but be prepared for questions and discussion.
I have read many books about the Nazi occupations in Europe, but this really had to be one of the best. In it, a young girl must risk her life to protect her Jewish friend. In the end I learned a lot more about Denmark, the Nazi Occupation, and the lengths authors go to to research a great story.
The 1990 Newbery Award Medal winner for children's literature. Set in Copenhagen at the time of the Nazi invasion, the Jews are being relocated. The main characters, two young girls, are in life-threatening danger. Can Annemarie save her Jewish friend's life?
Finally read Number the Stars by Lois Lowry which I have long wanted to read. Yes, it is a children's book but a very good one. I was so pleased to learn what happened to the Danes during WWII. What wonderful, brave people they were to save so many of their Jewish people in such skillful ways. Lowry bases the story on real incidents and her characters on those brave souls she read about as she did her research for this book. This is a must read for teens and adults alike.
A Newberry-Award winning children's book about the realities of the Holocaust in Denmark, 1943. The story is told from the POV of a 10 year old girl whose best friend's family is Jewish. Though the story is fiction, the author's note at the end states that the story is equal parts nonfiction and fiction. An amazing, quick read about how far people will go to protect another.
This book was a very good stories for both girls and boys. It gives a glimpse of what a true Christian should be. Also it give you a glimpse of what the Jewish people had to go through during the time of Hitler.
A moving, inspiring story that kept me on the edge of my seat. Every school child should read this story about life for the Jews in Denmark under Nazi rule in 1943. It would give them a real appreciation for their life here today!
This book was required reading for a class I took on children's literature. It's an excellent book, compelling and thought provoking. All children should read and be provided access to such wonderful literature.
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 to Sweden. Lois Lowry fictionalizes a true-story account to bring this courageous tale to life. She brings the experience to life through the eyes of 10-year-old Annemarie Johannesen, whose family harbors her best friend, Ellen Rosen, on the eve of the round-up and helps smuggles Ellen's family out of the country. Number the Stars won the 1990 Newbery Medal
Best. Best. Best. Best book. my 1st grade teacher read it to us, and everyone loved it then, and still does. i own it, and have now read it quite a few times. i find it so interesting that people accuaily beleve that the Holocaust did not happen. i also find it interesting that, people who serve God have ALWAYS been percicuted-since the beginning of time, yet, Christianity is the one religion that has lasted the longest, and even today, CONTINUES to grow. weather in China, where the government chooses your religion for you, to muslum contries where people are killed for leaving the religion-missionaries live there. they live for Him. changing lives daily. for Him.
I read this book before giving it to my granddaughter, ten years old. I always try to do that to avoid unknowingly giving a book with inappropriate references. Number the Stars does a great job of describing what it was like to be a 10 year old Jewish child during the Holocaust, in this case, Denmark. The book is meant for children from 4th to 8th grades so does not engage in horrific discussions of the genocide being committed throughout Europe during WWII...just vague references to murderous Nazis and ongoing events of suspicious nature. The book by Lois Lowry has won numerous awards, including the Newbery Award, is now considered a children's classic, and is ranked in the top 100 of best books for children.
Great book about the Holocaust for readers 4th - 6th grade and up. A story of a courageous girl and what her family went through to avoid camps. No horrific details (which is ideal for the age of reader).