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What the community says about Number the Stars
- "This book is a classic and helps introduce children to a difficult and important topic. It reads very smoothly and quickly yet is very good at stimulating deep questions and introspection. This was required reading for me in grade school but has been one of my favorites since then."
- "This book would be a perfect one for 5 - 7 grade children learning about WWII. The description on Amazon tells the premise of the story without giving away any necessary details. It is a short read, about 160 pages, which is a good length. History can be boring and this story needs to be told and this author tells it in such a way that you want to keep reading it to the very end. This book was a good choice. I would definitely purchase this book from Amazon if I had kids that age."
- "I enjoyed the view of Annemarie and the innocence as we see things from her perspective, that of a young girl during WWII. I would recommend everyone to read this book and let your children learn about the strives that the Jews faced and the people that helped them escape the hands of the Nazi soldier. There are some parts that may seem a little scary for younger children but by far, this is the best I've read for young ones. "
- "Number of Stars by Lois Lowry offers insight into the Danish Resistance when Annemarie Johansen's family hides, Ellen, her best friend when the German troops start to take the Jews from Denmark. Annemarie is but ten years old, and gives the account of the resistance and the fact that Denmark smuggled almost seven thousand Jews to Sweden to save them. "
- ""Number the Stars" is one of those books that will forever tug on your heartstrings. The subject matter is very heavy, but reading it and experiencing Annemarie and Ellen's friendship will actually deepen your understanding of your own interpersonal relationships. I think that even though this category is very broad "Number the Stars" is solidly in the top tier of these books.""I really enjoyed this book and it was a fairly short read, so I finished it over the weekend. The characters are compelling and the plot kept me reading. I would recommend this book to anyone that wanted to read about a different perspective on World War II."
- "My wife tutors young kids and is always trying to recommend books for them to read to help develop their reading skills. I searched for the best children's books about tolerance to give her some ideas to give to her students. I recently stumbled upon the Lois Lowery book "Number the Stars". I was impressed with a quick flip through so I told her to let her students give it a try. After recommending it to a couple of her students she has found that they completely love the book, and that it teaches a great lesson about tolerance. This is something that she will definitely continue to recommend to her students from here on out."
- "Another classic by Lois Lowry. In Number the Stars we follow a Jewish family and how to escaped the many pitfalls of the Nazi regime. This book teaches children about sticking close to the ones you trust and love and how in the end, the most powerful thing above all is family."
- "Such an important book for children who are learning about the Holocaust. My child brought this home one day from their school's library, and after hearing what it was about, I picked it up and thumbed through it. Before I knew it, I borrowed the book to read for myself! I know this is a fictional book, but as I read it, I could vividly see the pictures of what was happening in my head. I loved how the friendship grew into family connections, and seeing that two different families from different cultures worked together to keep everyone safe."
- "the best awareness for world war II. it is historical fiction by American author Lois Lowry, about the escape of a Jewish family from Copenhagen, Denmark during World War II.T he story centers on ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen, who lives with her family in Copenhagen in 1943. She becomes a part of the events related to the rescue of the Danish Jews, when thousands of Jews were helped to reach neutral ground in Sweden in order to avoid being relocated to concentration camps. The story plot is strong and its well written."
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- "Number the Stars by Lois Lowry is a historical literature book I first read in middle school and still enjoy today. The story is told from the perspective of ten year old Annemarie Johansen whose Christian family risks their lives to hide her Jewish friend, Ellen, from the Nazis during World War II. The book is compelling, a little scary at times, and asks some difficult questions about humanity. I think it would be a good educational book to teach children about the courage the people of Denmark showed in saving Jewish people from the Nazis."
- "Number the Stars is a story that follows Annemarie Johansen and her family. German troops began sweeping Denmark and relocating all of the Jewish population to camps, but Annemarie takes in her best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her from them. This story is really engaging and heart pounding, but offers a very solid read for learning about the time when Hitler came to power. I highly recommend this book."
- "My daughter had to read this book for school. She couldn't stop telling me about and finally convinced me to read it with her. I am happy I did. This was a very moving story about love and perseverance. I think that every kid should have to read this for school. "
- "I am always in search of a great book. Someone recently recommended Number the Stars to me, and it was such a great read! It follows the journey of a Jewish family who escaped from Copenhagen. The theme is friendship, which is something that I love. It was an excellent read, and I highly recommend it."