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.
Both of my children have read this book, and both were deeply moved by the story, it really brings home the realities of WW2. They talked about this book for a few days. It is a very strong and compelling story of a little girl growing up in WW2, completely bewildered about what is really happening all around her. Tissues at the ready!
A super book that educates children on how WW2 just wasn't about bomber planes, warships and armies - it tells the other side of war you don't see!!
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 each time. This, to me, seems like a more child friendly version of "the boy in the striped pyjamas" which was great for this age group. A must buy for looking at war through a child's eyes.
This is a very sad book which will almost certainly stir empathy in any reader. A gentle introduction to the holocaust for children age 9 and above with detailed, heart wrenching illustrations to support the story. Filled with symbolism and paying homage to The White Rose group this is an absolute must for any household.
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. The kids were curious and moved by Rose, the children in the camps, Rose's fate etc. Subtle but immensely powerful.