Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Historical Fiction

Historical fiction is our favourite way to learn about history. Since our field trip to the Anne Frank exhibit, we've been learning more and more about the Second World War and the Holocaust. Serena read a couple more books recently on the subject and here is her book review:

"Good-Bye Marianne" by Irene N. Watts

Marianne was a Jewish girl living in Berlin in 1938.  Her life was interrupted by the Nazi Germans, and she was expelled from school. She was very sad and did not understand what was going on. Her father couldn't see her very much because he was in hiding to escape the Nazi soldiers from taking him to a labour camp. The book is about Marianne's life during the Holocaust.

I find the book sad because it shows how children struggled during that time. I like the graphic novel format because it brings the story to life.

"Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry

This story is about a girl named Annemarie in Copenhagen. She has a good friend named Ellen who is Jewish. The Germans have invaded Denmark. Annemarie's family is hiding and protecting Ellen and her family from the Nazis who are trying to "relocate" all the Jews. Annemarie has to be brave to save Ellen's family in the end.

I enjoy the book especially the action and the suspense in the story. I find the title of the book very interesting because it is a quote from the Psalms:

"He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name." (Psalm 147:4)

1 comment:

  1. Those were very bad times for all.Lots of brave people though.