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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Number the Stars (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
Collections:Chapter Books, Historical Fiction, Multicultural Books, 3rd-4th Grade Readers
Tags:Holocaust, Jewish, World War II, Friendship

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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry


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It's 1943 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Nazis have taken over and are beginning to "relocate" all the Denmark Jews. Annemarie Johansen is a ten-year-old girl who has a Jewish friend name Ellen Rosen. When Ellen's family finds out about the Nazi plan, they quickly take action and send their daughter to live with the Johansen family. Later, they take a trip to the coast to spend time with Annemarie's uncle. Soon they find out that coming here was part of a secret operation to smuggle Jews safety across the water to Sweden. Thanks to the bravery of little Annemarie, Ellen and her family make it to Sweden and are safe from the Nazi tyranny.

Personal Reflection: I am fascinated by the Holocaust and enjoy reading different stories that are based on that time period. This book is based on true events that happened in Denmark during the 1940's and is such a good read. It teaches the reader a different story from history as well as a moral to be brave and do what you feel is right.

Extensions: 1. Have students think of a time when they did something brave. Then have them share with each other what they did and what happened because of their bravery.

2. Have students do research on Denmark. Then have them compare what life was like during the 1940's to today by using examples from the book. ( )
  mnewby17 | Mar 26, 2015 |
Summary of Book: The book Number the Stars is about a Danish girl helping her Jewish friend escape the Nazis. Annemarie is a young girl who loves to hang out with her friend Ellen and she also takes care of her little sister Kirsti. They live in Copenhagen Denmark during WWII. This town is very dangerous and is full of soldiers who are enemies. The Nazis have forced their way into Denmark from Germany are trying to force the Danish people to do exactly what they say.

Personal Reaction to Book: I loved this book! It was very suspenseful and filled with great adventure. When the girl was almost caught by the Nazi’s it made me stop and think how dangerous things back then really were and how good we have it now. This book would be a great book for the children to read to learn about the war and the different sacrifices families had to make to survive.
Extension Ideas:
1. The children will write a poem describing what bravery means to them. Annemarie uses bravery throughout the whole entire story.
2. The children will create a work of art that would help other people understand what is happening throughout the story.
  ChristaSparks | Mar 20, 2015 |
A book about a a young girl going through the Holocaust as a Jew.
  elindseyziegler | Mar 15, 2015 |
I liked this book because it offered an interesting perspective on a heavy topic. What made this book unique was its point of view. It was told from the point of view of a 10-year old protestant girl in Denmark. Most Holocaust books focus on the Jewish point of view and so it was interesting to get in the mind of someone on the other side, especially a young girl who was still unaware of everything going on. The characters were very well developed. It was interesting to follow the development and mental growth of Annemarie as she went from a naive 10 year old who did not understand the war, to a brave and intelligent young woman who was working to stop it. The message of the story was that you're never too young to fight for what is right. ( )
  agaski3 | Mar 12, 2015 |
Excellent Newbery Award winner!!! ( )
  olongbourn | Mar 1, 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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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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