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Rose Blanche [Hardcover]

Roberto Innocenti
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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30 Sep 1994
In wartime Germany, Rose Blanche witnesses the mistreatment of a little boy, and follows the truck that takes him to a camp. Secretly, Rose Blanche brings him and other children food. "An excellent book to use not only to teach about the Holocaust, but also about living a life of ethics, compassion, and honesty".--School Library Journal. Full color.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Education Inc.,U.S.; American Ed edition (30 Sep 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087191994X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871919946
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 21.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,770,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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An important and unforgettable story. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, wonderful, awe inspiring yet deeply sad 30 Sep 2008
By E. Heckingbottom TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
What a fantastic, wonderful book - but not really for young children. The concepts are far too challenging. This is one for 9 to 99 year olds!

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!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rose Blanche Book Review By Bethany (aged 10) 10 Oct 2009
Rose Blanche
Roberto Innocenti
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.

Rose Blanche
Roberto Innocenti
By Tobi (Aged 10)

The story is based around a chirpy, young lady called Rose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A review of Rose Blanche 24 Jun 2005
By becca
This book allows you to understand what it was like for a German child during the war. I think this book is very good because many books are about English children or sometimes not children, but adults.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for 11 year olds 29 Oct 2010
By SuzieL
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My son read this at school recently as they are covering World War II. Although the text is very simple the whole book is completely wonderful along with the stunning pictures. My 11 year old doesnt normally go on about books but requested this as a recent birthday present because it really affected him and he thought about the story a lot. When i purchased it and look at it myself i completely agree with him, the story is touching and saddening to say the least and i think most children and adults would also think about the same. I cant recommend it highly enough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars War through the eyes of a child 13 Aug 2003
When Rose Blanche discovers a concentartion camp in the woods near her home in a little German town she doesn't quite understand what she has found, but she knows she must help the starving children there and keep their secret from the adults, even her mother. Haubting and strangley beautiful book where the pictures tell the story but the simple childlike language just adds to the tradedy of the inevitable outcome. As much a book for adults as it is for children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Sad 1 Aug 2014
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I bought this to read with my class as part of our English lessons. The pictures are beautiful and there is so much to read in them, and the story itself is heartbreaking. My children loved it, and were moved by the ending. A wonderful book that deserves to be mentioned with the boy in the stripped pyjamas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 26 Jun 2014
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beautiful pictures and a great read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 24 April 2014
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I bought Rose Blanche and another Roberto Innocenti book, Erika's Story, to use within my class WW2 topic as I think it is important for children to see how the war affected children in other countries too. Both books have made me cry. Don't think that because they are picture books that they are for small children, in fact they definitely are not.

This book tells the story of Rose Blanche, a German girl living in an unnamed German town. One day she comes across a fence in the woods which contains hungry children. The story doesn't tell us if Rose knows that these children are Jewish and being held in a concentration camp but she decides to help them by bringing them food (despite not having enough food herself).

The book is clever as via the beautiful illustrations it shows the growing disillusionment of the Germans in the town and the eventual liberation of the camp. The colours are muted throughout with splashes of red which is very effective. A must read for anyone interested in the war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story that illustrates the different points of view found...
Beautiful story that illustrates the different points of view found in conflicts. Ideal for older junior children as discussion / project. Used it for drama lessons and PSCHE
Published 20 days ago by S HARRISON
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading.
Not at all what I expected. When I placed the order, I thought I was buying a book, not a childrens comic.
Published 11 months ago by john hessell tiltman
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and moving
I used this as part of the literacy and history curriculum, and the children loved this. It is written from a German girl's perspective of WWII. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ellen
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
This book has fantastic illustrations. It is suitable for 9 years plus. a thought provoking book about the holocaust. lots of discussion points
Published 15 months ago by fabfay
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Bought this book for a literacy topic for 10-11 year olds to tie in with our WWII topic. The illustrations are fantastic in this story, full of detail and you see something new... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Laura Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars beautifully illustrated with words by Ian McEwan
beautifully illustrated with words by Ian McEwan

What more could you want ! It is very suitable for a younger reader.
Published 16 months ago by jenny spooner
5.0 out of 5 stars Rose Blanche
Bought this book after being on a Reading Course with school. It looked interesting from the front cover and I wanted to read it.
Published 17 months ago by Janet Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I bought this for school work to go along with a topic I was teaching. An excellent book with amazing photos, etc.
Published 18 months ago by Fee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to World Wars
This is a touching story that will touch you and your child. It will engage you into a conversation about war and give that stepping stone for the time they'll start that topic at... Read more
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My 9 year old daughter loved this. It looks beautiful and the story is emotive enough to entertain. Good read.
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