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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), Edition: 1998, Mass Market Paperback, 136 pages
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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (1989)


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Number the Stars is a book about a little girl named Annemarie. She and her family spend the time of the Nazi invasion of Denmark helping the resistance. Her best friend, who is Jewish, is forced to hide away with them at her uncle's cabin, and wait for her parents to come. They are all smuggled overseas, on the uncle's boat, to Sweden, to wait out the occupation in safety.
This book was very reminiscent of Anne Frank's diary, but as a history buff, I enjoyed the detailed story. The author worked very hard to describe times in history, and I was very sad when the story ended. The story being told from a different perspective was interesting.
Students can read this story and be assigned a role (soldier, Jewish person, non-Jewish person, etc.) and write additional portions to it. We could further the knowledge by researching WW2, and understanding that conflict better. This book is certainly for an older student.
  mt911914 | Nov 11, 2015 |
WWII. Denmark.

A very young girl is thrust into active resistance, while witnessing NAZI implemented race laws that force her best friend to flee. ( )
  samseabornesq | Nov 7, 2015 |
10 yr olds Anne Marie and Ellen are BFF's and neighbors in Denmark. Ellen and parents need to leave Denmark to hide in Sweden until war is over. WWII; Nazi's; Very quick read - short 137 pages and a large typeface.
  MariaMigs | Nov 7, 2015 |
Number the Stars Historical Fiction
By Lois Lowry

“Number the Stars” is a fantastic children’s historical fiction chapter book about two families during the Holocaust. One family, the Johansens, helps their Jewish neighbors, the Rosens, and escape from the Nazis when they wanted to “relocate” all the Jews in Copenhagen. With the help from some family and friends, the Rosens safely escape to Sweden unharmed by the Nazis. I loved this book (and Lois Lowry) because it is aimed for children in about middle school but talks about very serious adult topics. Unlike many Holocaust books that talk about life in concentration camps, this is a story about how one family saves another that is appropriate for children. When reading the afterward, I also greatly appreciated how much of the story was true. For example, the reason Papa explained to Annemarie regarding why Denmark surrendered to Germany in 1940 was true. The king knew their country was too small and undefended to stand a chance. She says, “… the country was small and undefended, with no army of any size. The people would have been destroyed had they tried to defend themselves against the huge German Forces.” At the end, the handkerchief trick was a true part of history as well. Scientists worked to develop a powerful powder composed to dried rabbits blood and cocaine to prevent the police dogs from sniffing out hidden passengers. Finally, I was relieved to find that “Number the Stars” was a Holocaust book with a happy ending. Some Jews did escape during the Holocaust and that is a wonderful victory during such a time of tragedy. The moral of the story was to be brave and sometimes not knowing everything gives one the ability to be braver. Annemarie and Ellen had not known the plan along, but if they had they may have been too afraid to follow through. Annemarie saved the two families with her courage when she was stopped by Nazi soldiers by herself and it was thanks to her doing what she needed to do without thinking. ( )
  LBurro2 | Nov 3, 2015 |
This award winning book, is one that I hold near and dear to my heart. I found the story truly and exciting. The author does justice to the stories of children who survived the holocaust. Being the grandson of a holocaust survivor, reading stories, such as this one is difficult and extremely emotional. This story was difficult in content, but simple in writing level. This fifth/ sixth grade level book is a fantastic historical fiction story, that educates students about the horrors of Nazi Europe. ( )
  Gkaufm1 | Nov 2, 2015 |
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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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"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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