- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Red Fox (1 Jan. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099439506
- ISBN-13: 978-0099439509
- Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 20.6 x 0.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rose Blanche Paperback – 1 Jan 2004
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"Offers the consolation, that goodness, even when unrecorded, is still worth celebrating" (Amanda Craig The Times)
"Illustrated wth extraordinary, haunting pictures" (Rebecca Abrams Daily Telegraph)
"A modern fairy tale that does not flinch at reality" (Quentin Blake Independent)
"Bleak but rewarding" (The School Librarian)
An important and unforgettable story.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
I am a year 6 teacher, and part of my History curriculum covers life during World War 2. Although we barely touch on the effects of the war for children abroad, this book covers a lot of it and introduces children to several challenging and disturbing concepts - thus tying together History and PSHE. It covers similar ideas to 'The Boy in Striped Pyjamas', but in a shorter and more instantly accessible format.
Rose Blanche is a young girl who discovers a concentration camp very near to where she lives. She visits regularly, not really understanding what she sees. The ending is sad, but the book is amazing!
By Bethany (Aged 10)
The main character in this story is Rose. Rose Blanche, at the beginning of the story, is a chirpy and cheerful character. However, towards the end of the story, her personality changes completely.
The story is set during ww2 and Rose is a German girl. The atmosphere in the village at the start of the story is very cheery as the soldiers go off to war but that soon changes. Rose finds a concentration camp and is horrified by what she sees. She is a warm-hearted girl and makes friends with the children. She feeds the children who are very grateful but on one of her trips to visit them with food, she finds the place in ruins. After that, Rose Blanche goes missing...
The parts I like in the book is the cosy feel of the village at the beginning of the story. I liked that because even though the war is happening, everyone was being nice towards each other. My favourite part if the book is when Rose Blanche shows such kindness and generosity to the children. I think Rose is a beautiful character.
The parts I didn't like as much were the bits when the village changed and everyone fought with each other. The twist at the end of the story surprised me and I felt quite devastated but it is still a good story.
The story made me think about how life must have been during the war. It made me think how privileged we are not to be experiencing it now. I would definitely recommend this book. I think it is good for ages right from ages eight and upwards because children this ages will have an understanding of the book.
By Tobi (Aged 10)
The story is based around a chirpy, young lady called Rose.Read more ›
The pictures in the book are extraordinary because of the colours as they are very dull, but they great brighter.
At the end of the story Ian McEwen describes the Spring arrival as a little invasion. This is a good example of using imagery to create effects.
This book also shows that lots of children were in camps and did die and were not evacuated like the children in England.
I think this book would be good for an older junior age child who is learning about the war.
I've used this as stimulus for Year 6 Sentence innovation work and the chidlren absolutely loved the illustrations and the work they produced was absolutely amazing - even my lower ability children!!
This book is incredibly versitile and is a superb resource for any teacher.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic illustrations. Heartbreaking story. My son requested this book after reading it as school.Published 24 days ago by Ibuylotsoffamazon
Written in first person and simpler language than others I have seen, but equally if not more powerful as a result.Published 1 month ago by Mogs
A must read for today's child to understand what their grandparents went through in Europe.Published 6 months ago by C. Miller
A lovely book, but so so sad! Not one to give a child to read on their own.Published 7 months ago by C Merrill
My 9 year old granddaughter was fascinated. Her introduction to war from the perception of a child of similar age. Beautifully written and illustrated. Seller highly recommended.Published 8 months ago by willow
This is a wonderful way to convey to children the heartache of war and to disillusion them on its gloryPublished 14 months ago by JPW