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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Number the Stars (original 1989; edition 1998)

by Lois Lowry

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Title:Number the Stars
Authors:Lois Lowry
Info:Laurel Leaf (1998), Mass Market Paperback, 144 pages
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Tags:BOB 5/6, historical fiction

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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (1989)


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A young girl who was 10 years old named Annmarie Johansen was friends with a Jewish girl named Ellen Rosen. This was all during the Nazi time. They lived in Copenhagen. Ellen and her family needed to escape and Annmarie helped them on a boat to Sweden. Annmarie also had other adventures throughout the story but was luckily always safe, even though a couple times she could have become in a lot of trouble. At the end of the book Annmarie wears her friend Ellen’s necklace that is in the shape of the Star of David.

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This book is filled with many feelings and emotions. Personally, I am German and because I speak the language, feel very close to the German culture. It always saddens me to see what the Germans did during the WWII. This book describes very well a story of what a Jewish family had to go through to escape from the Nazis.

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1. The students can be given a lesson of what happened during the WWII. Who are the Nazis? What did they do?
2. The students can be divided into different areas of this time period. Some of the areas the students can do research on are the Holocaust and WWII. Once they have done research in their areas, they are given time to present their topics to the class.
  Elisec | Jul 25, 2017 |
Annemarie Johansen, a 10-year old girl living in Copenhagen, is faced with the knowledge that the Nazis are beginning to "relocate" the Jews in her city. Ellen Rosen, a neighbor, and classmate of Annemarie's is Jewish. Through a series of small acts of bravery, Annemarie and her family help the Rosens escape into neighboring Sweden, in a boat with a false bottom, operated by Annemarie's Uncle Henrik. Annemarie is called upon to ensure the Jews' safe passage when she has to deliver a package to Henrik, in the dark, because her mother has broken her ankle and cannot walk. Annemarie successfully delivers the package and only later learns what could have happened had she not been able to dodge the soldiers who stop her in the woods. Once the war is over, Annemarie's parents tell her that her older sister, Lise, was part of the resistance movement and was killed for it. Annemarie realizes that she too has helped Jews escape and feels proud to know and be friends with Ellen, even though she doesn't know if she'll ever see her friend again. At the end of the book, Annemarie decides to wear Ellen's Star of David necklace, as a sign of her friendship, until Ellen returns and can wear it herself.

I remember reading this book when I was in Junior High I believe. This book is up there with Out of The Dust and Diary of Anne Frank. It's phenomenal. There are themes of bravery and family to demonstrate the power of small acts of heroism. With strong role models, Annemarie is able to be brave when she needs to be, and she admires the Rosen's for their strong family traditions and religious beliefs, which they continue to practice until the day they are forced to leave their Copenhagen apartment. Just overall, an amazing book!

Extension Idea 1: Classroom Lit Circles
I like the idea of sitting in a circle and discussing this book in depth with the class and allowing the children to put in their own input and opinions about the book.

Extension Idea 2: History
Before reading the book, I want to go over with the whole class what WWII was all about. From Hitler, concentration camps, to how the USA helped in the war.
  chandra_B | Jul 25, 2017 |
As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family.
  JenaiEllison | Jul 20, 2017 |
10 year old friends (one Jewish) living in Copenhagen during World War II become a part of the attempt to rescue the Danish Jews and safely get the to Sweden. ( )
  librarybird08 | Jul 8, 2017 |
Excellent story telling. An important part of history. ( )
  deldevries | Jun 28, 2017 |
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Jan Mark (Carousel 15, Summer 2000)
Morally speaking, Denmark had a 'good war' after it surrendered to the Nazis in 1940. Notably absent from factual and fictional tales of derring-do, the very real heroism of its civilian population is celebrated in Lowry's quiet but stirring story, based on real events, which tell of one family's successful bid to send their Jewish friends to safety in neutral Sweden. Instead of comic-strip heroics with implausible intervention by implausible kids, she gives us a situation in which children must be included because they cannot be excluded, fearfully endangered but willing parties to an ethical struggle. The happy ending is entirely credible, even to those old enough to know what might have happened instead. Category: Older.
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CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1989)
Ten-year-old Annemarie, living in occupied Denmark during World War 11, must test the limits of her own courage when she and her family assist their Jewish friends in their escape from the Nazis. Flawlessly interwoven into her personal account are details of the historic and heroic Movement in which Denmark, as a nation, successfully resisted the attempts of the Nazis to exterminate Danish Jews. With their varying degrees of knowledge, each character represents a model of courage in a fast-paced story about individual and collective response to evil. Honor book, 1989 CCBC Newbery Discussion. CCBC Category: Fiction For Young Readers. 1989, Houghton Mifflin, , $12.95. Ages 8-12.
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Lois Lowryprimary authorall editionscalculated
Brown, BlairNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"I'll race you to the corner, Ellen!" Annemarie adjusted the thick leather pack on her back so that her schoolbooks balanced evenly.
"It is important to be one of the crowd, always. Be one of many. Be sure that they never have reason to remember your face."
The whole world had changed. Only the fairy tales remained the same.
Dangers were no more than odd imaginings, like ghost stories that children made up to frighten one another: things that couldn’t possibly happen.
"It is much easier to be brave if you don't know everything. And so your mama doesn't know everything. Neither do I. We know only what we need to know."
"You will, little one. You saved her life, after all. Someday you will find her again. Someday the war will end," Uncle Henrik said. "All wars do.
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This is the story about a 10 year old girl and her best friend and their struggles in Denmark during WW2. The Nazis invade and Annemarie's (the 10 year old) best friend is a Jew. Number the stars tells Annemarie's story as she struggles to deal with her life and her friendships during such a difficult time.

I read this book when I was 9 years old. It was the first story that made me think about the world and how different the american lifestyle was compared to that of other countries. This book gave me a passion to learn more about the life of other people who lived during the war.
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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.

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In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.

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