By Lois Lowry
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Language:English | Number of Pages: 144 | Format: Paperback
Isbn-10: 0006736777 | Isbn-13: 9780006736776 | Publish date: 11/04/1991 | Edition New Ed
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I chose to read Number The Stars because it has been over ten years since I read it in middle school. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down until I finished. I enjoyed this book because it gives you a first hand look at how World War Two affected the lives of children, especially Jewish children. Lowry also shows you how the bonds of frienship were what kept many Jews safe during this horrible period of history.
My only vice with this book is the length. It is such a wonderful piece of literature for young readers but I feel it is a little short. It did not take me very long to read and I found myself wishing I had not finished it so fast. It may, however, be the perfect length for younger readers.
I remember when I was younger buying a Star of David necklace after reading this book. I wore the necklace for a long time and thought of how horrible it must have been for girls my age, such as Ellen, and how much I hated the people who treated them this way. As a young child, I remember what an impact this book had on me and it remained one of my favorites, even to this day. I would also think of my own best friend and how I would feel if the two of us were separated for reasons we could not control. No child should have ever had to experience what they did during this period.
As I read the book, I remembered how my older sister would treat me just as Annemarie treated Kirsti. I think that most older sisters try to protect their little sisters but at the same time need their space from them while playing with their own friends. I found their relationship very familiar and understood their relationship as sisters.
If I were teaching a middle school world history class, I would try to encourage my students to read this if I was unable to require them to read it as an assignment. Because of its length, students should be able to read it at the eight grade level. I would encourage them to understand how life was during the War for children their own age. I would hope that every student would take something away from the book as I did when I was younger.
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