Partly autobiographical, this is first of the trilogy by Judith Kerr telling the story of a Jewish family fleeing from Germany at the start of the Second World War--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“A compassionate introduction to the whole subject of World War II” – Books for your Children
“An extremely exciting adventure story.” – Daily Express
“A charming and touching book, often very funny” – Daily Mail
“Exact, intelligent and unsentimental.” – Sunday Telegraph--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
''It was a small piece of red enamel with a black hooked cross on it. "It's called a swastika," said Gunther, "all the Nazis have them."''
Anna is too busy with schoolwork and tobogganing to listen to the grown-ups' talk of Hitler. But one day she and her brother are rushed out of Germany in alarming secrecy, away from everything they know. Their father is wanted by the Nazis – dead or alive. It is the start of a huge adventure, sometimes frightening, very often funny, and always, always exciting.
Judith Kerr was born in Berlin and left Germany in 1993 to escape the Nazis. Her novels are based on her own experience.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.
Many books unintentionally talk down to children. Not this book it looks you right in the eye. Anna still maintains the innocence of her youth. But the problems and dealing with people can happen at any age.
The story is told from the perspective of Anna. And not too surprisingly it parallels that of the author and illustrator Judith Kerr who was forced to leave Germany in 1933.
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