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Judith Kerr
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7 May 2002

Partly autobiographical, this is first of the internationally acclaimed trilogy by Judith Kerr telling the unforgettable story of a Jewish family fleeing from Germany at the start of the Second World War

Suppose your country began to change. Suppose that without your noticing, it became dangerous for some people to live in Germany any longer. Suppose you found, to your complete surprise, that your own father was one of those people.

That is what happened to Anna in 1933. She was nine years old when it began, too busy with her schoolwork and toboganning to take much notice of political posters, but out of them glared the face of Adolf Hitler, the man who would soon change the whole of Europe – starting with her own small life.

Anna suddenly found things moving too fast for her to understand. One day, her father was unaccountably missing. Then she herself and her brother Max were being rushed by their mother, in alarming secrecy, away from everything they knew – home and schoolmates and well-loved toys – right out of Germany…

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New edition edition (7 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000713763X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007137633
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 515,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judith Kerr was born in Berlin, the daughter of a distinguished German writer. She left Germany with her family in 1933 to escape from the Nazis and they arrived in England in 1936, having spent the intervening years in Switzerland and France. She is best known for her children's books, both self-illustrated picture titles such as the 17-strong Mog series and The Tiger Who Came To Tea, and novels such as When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and The Other Way Round, which tells the story of the rise of the Nazis in 1930s Germany from a child's perspective.

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`... a compassionate introduction to the whole subject of World War II...' -- Books for your Children

`... a charming and touching book, often very funny...' -- Daily Mail

`... an extremely exciting adventure story...' -- Daily Express

`... exact, intelligent and unsentimental.' -- Sunday Telegraph

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When Anna’s father flees Germany in the dead of night, it is a matter of life and death that no-finds out. Then, on the eve of the Nazis coming to power, Anna, her brother Max and their mother make secret journey to Switzerland where the family is reunited. It is just the beginning of their adventures – sometimes frightening, often funny but always very exciting.

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88 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit 3 Aug 2002
Anna is nine and is far to busy with schoolwork, tobogganing and making important decisions about whether wood yo-yos, are better than tin, to do more than notice the posters of the man who has a moustache like Charlie Chaplin. It isn't until one morning she finds her papa has disappeared that she starts to listen to the grownups talk of Hitler, elections and Anna's Jewish background. And then one afternoon she comes home from school to discover her missing father is uneasy over their safety and they must go to Zurich that very week to meet him that she realises how serious the threat of Hitler is.
It is the story of a lost childhood and the dissent from fame and wealth to poverty and having a price on your head. It is the story of four lives destroyed by the Nazis. And it is a true story.
It is one of the best books written about World War Two it shows the funny sad side of a childhood destroyed by hate. And the difficulties of French and English to a nine year old girl from Berlin whose mother who can't cook. This is a Brilliant book as are the sequels The Other Way Round and A Small Person Far Away. Lovers of 'Anne Franks Diary' and all the Michael Magorian's books will revel in this book of courage, pain and growing up.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I totaly adore this book! My mum bought this for me when I was nine (just like Anna), and I have totaly read it to pieces.

Max and Anna's father is a famous Jewish writer, but when the Nazis come into power they must leave everything and flee, first to a village in Switzerland, then to Paris and finaly to London. All the time getting poorer and poorer.

One of the best parts is when she worries about not being able to become an auther because she hasn't had a diffecult enough chidhood!
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down!! 10 Mar 2001
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I saw this book on display in a local bookshop and was interested by the title. I picked it up and read the first couple of chapters in the shop. I was so mezmerized by it I had to buy it and once I got it home I could not put it down. The book really displys the innocence of childhood and really shows that things that can happen in life can be just as traumatic and confusing to children as they can for adults. it is a dramatic sometimes funny,sometimes poignantly sad book that takes your right into the world, and at times the suffering, innocent people had to endure because of their faith or beleifs. This book is beautifully written and I would advise any parent to let their children read this book it will teach them a lot about tolerance. A suitable book for any age not just children - I enjoyed this book from start to finish - and I'm 31!!!! I will be buying the next two in the series and then will give them to my neice to read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ideal first step 31 Oct 2008
When I was a child, this was my first introduction to a time in history I would otherwise have been too young to understand, and it remains the best children's story about the events of the period. Wonderful, to be read when young, then re read as you grow up, then read again to remember the fragility of innocence.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why it changed my life forever. 8 Jan 2002
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I first read this book when i was 7years old, and living in post war Germany. I read about how anna had suffered and i felt for her, my father was also wanted ad killed by hilter, and i knew how she must feel, moving countries to escape it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit 14 Nov 2007
Content: The book describes the changing life of Anna (9), her brother Max (12) and their parents. They live in Berlin in 1933 and the Nazis are on the verge of taking over.
Firstly they are a normal family, affluent, happy, they had a nanny and a scullery-maid - but the situation converts them into a refugee family. The father is a critical journalist who writes political articles for different magazines and is an adversary of the national socialists which keep an eye on him not just because of his articles but of the fact that he's Jewish. So the family goes to Switzerland just with a few things that they don't arouse suspicion. Anna can't take her pink rabbit with her, it has to stay in Berlin.
In Switzerland the children find new friends and go to school there. The problem is that their father can't find work due to the fact that nobody wants to publish his political texts. For want of money they move to France where they hope against hope to live in better conditions.

The author's intention: The book is about a little girl who can`t say good bye to her friend in Berlin - because nobody is allowed to know that her family travel to Switzerland - she has to leave all the things which mean something to her and she has to accustom to many new things. But she manages it all and doesn't give up when it comes to the crunch. That's what she shows to her parents and also to the reader.
She's just a little person who believes in herself and her family and she's confident that they manage everything. Sometimes her firm conviction seems a bit naive- but, I mean, that depends on her age.

Facts: When Hitler stole pink rabbit" takes place between 1933 and 1935, during the time of Hitler.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a better JK for grown-ups 24 Nov 2009
The story line was really gripping and the innocence of the children very convincingly done. JK manages with spare detail to show food, cutoms, travel at the time, from the children's point of view. Despite the horrific hinterland, this is a nostalgic feel good read; the family manages to stick together. This is both an excellent grown-up and young person's read. We see life during WW2 through the child's eye without feeling that the child is being patronised. Pink rabbit disappears forever but hope wins through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and most absorbing from a child's point of ...
Beautifully written and most absorbing from a child's point of view. A good insight into the suffering of these outcast people in a war situation.
Published 10 days ago by Nelson1
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The book, is a great way to show children and teens how life looked like to a regular German child, during World War 2. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ordered accidentally, but enjoyed!
I ordered this accidentally to my Kindle. I know of Judith Kerr and something about her background and actually enjoyed the story. Read more
Published 20 days ago by G. D. Courtney
4.0 out of 5 stars First in a series of 3 books about a childhood escaping the war years
This was a really charming book based on the authors real life escape from Germany just before Hitler came into power and started persecuting the Jews. Read more
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Mother well happy with this one, took her back to an era she knows and lived through.
Published 1 month ago by caz
5.0 out of 5 stars I think people who are a big fan of world war II would absolutely love...
It was a lovely book !!!! I think people who are a big fan of world war II would absolutely love it !!! It shows hope , sadness and bravery !!!
Published 1 month ago by Heidi K Hellmann
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A fascinating and unusual true read !!!
Published 2 months ago by john newbury
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book
An amazing book set in world war 2. Suitable for all ages. A great read about a girl who deals with the hardship of being a refugee in war time.
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