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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
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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Annemarie and her family live in Copenhagen at a time when the Nazis were trying to remove Jewish families. Annemarie and her family worked together to protect Annemarie's best friend Ellen, taking her in as part of their own family in an effort to keep her safe from the Nazis. Telling the Nazi searchers that Ellen was Annemarie's deceased sister, Annemarie and her family put their own lives in danger to keep her safe. This story covers a tragic time in history when the Nazis hunted down Jewish people and sent them to concentration camps, and honors the amazing efforts of family's and individuals who laid everything on the line to protect their Jewish neighbors.

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This book is a sobering reminder of a time when our world saw the very best and the very worst of humanity. The sacrifices made to protect Ellen, and other Jews remind us that even in the face of pure evil good people still stand up and do the right thing. Although this book is fiction, the author did extensive research to make the story as authentic as possible. I would not recommend this book for very young readers, but definitely for young adult readers who are learning more about world history.

Extension Ideas:

1 - Students can create a story map in mini-journal form that focuses on story elements corresponding to this novel. Focus areas: Character, setting, theme(s), conflict, plot, and point of view. Additional focus can include vocabulary related to this novel.

2 - Introduce a lesson to further explore Judaism that identifies identifiable items such as the Star of David, a menorah, and a dreidel. Students can create a Star of David or menorah - or learn to play the dreidel game with classmates.

3 - Students can use a map of Europe to identify Sweden, Denmark, Germany - and specifically Copenhagen. ( )
  MaryMK | Oct 20, 2014 |
Summary: Annemarie Johansen, a non-Jewish girl, has Jewish friends during World War II. Annemarie’s family feels that everybody has a place in the world, even those who are Jewish, and decided to hide Annemarie’s friend, Ellen, in their home. Ellen is Jewish and the German troops are beginning to occupy parts of Germany and are relocating the Jews. It is a difficult time for all involved because secrets are being kept and laws are being broken, but Annemarie is brave the whole time. Annemarie and her family are some of many that are helping to secretly move Jews to Sweden where they will be safe, and just when Annemarie thought everything was okay something bad happened. Annemarie and Ellen had to part in the ended of the book.

Review: A shrilling, yet quite real story that Lowry embarks her readers on circles around the central message that bravery does not come with age. Annemarie is a young girl who has be thrown into an adult world and must learn how to cope. Her family aside, many people that she knows are against the Jews and would do anything to get them into harms way. Annemarie has to step up and put on a brave face for the majority of the book and to me this is especially apparent when her family take in her friend Ellen and they must pretend that Ellen is Annemarie's dead sister. This part of the book, to me, shows impeccable bravery for such a young girl because she shows the readers that through the pain of her dead sister, Annemarie must not falter, she must not show her weakness. If she showed weakness there would be no telling what would happen to Ellen and the others her family were in contact with. ( )
  Kweber8 | Oct 19, 2014 |
This is a phenomenal book. I loved it because the story teaches kindness and acceptance. Ellen and Annemarie are best friends and their friendship is tested when it is realized all the Danish Jews are being rounded up to put in concentration camps. Many people gave in to the false imagines shown to them but Annemarie and her family denied them and continued caring for Annemarie even after her parents were taken. Another reason I love this story is because it reveals horrific events in a contained story. It is an easy but emotional read that lets you understand the happenings of that time. In the 1940’s in Europe many people were being taken and killed and this story presented a different view, one with hope. The Johansen’s give Ellen a chance to live. One thing I did not like about the story is that you do not find out whether Ellen and Annemarie were reunited.
I think the big idea of this story is to always have acceptance of everyone despite religion and others things that may set people apart. ( )
  StephanieWeiner | Oct 16, 2014 |
  mshampson | Oct 15, 2014 |
I love this book and how it implemented a great deal of history in it, particularly of World War II. This book helps show how people helped Jews travel to safe places before and during the reign of the Nazis. Great history book to teach students. ( )
  TeresaCruz | Oct 11, 2014 |
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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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