Friday, September 14, 2007

Becky's Review of Number the Stars

Lowry, Lois. 1989. Number the Stars.

Number the Stars is a Newbery winner. It is the story of a young girl, Annemarie, and her family. The book is set during World War II in Denmark, 1943 to be precise. Annemarie and Ellen are best friends. The two live together in the same apartment building. The two go to school together. The two do practically everything together. But all that is about to change, you see, Ellen and her family is Jewish. And while the soldiers--Nazis--have been occupying Denmark for over a year, their policies are about to change. There is danger in the air, and everyone--young and old--can feel it. This is the story of two girls, two friends, and two brave families. I always enjoy reading about the war and the holocaust from the danish perspective. For one thing, the resistance movement is strong, powerful. Denmark was a nation with people who cared, who took risks, who did the right thing, who saved lives. I think this book can be read and enjoyed by everyone--no matter your age--despite the fact that it is a "children's book."

I read this book for three reasons.

1) It is part of the Book Awards Challenge. It is a Newbery winner.
2) It is part of the Something About Me Challenge. It is on Booklogged's list. Booklogged writes, "I really like Lois Lowry, both as a person and an author. The other reason I chose this book is because my ancestor are from Denmark, which is the setting for this story." I like Lowry as well. This one along with The Giver and Gossamer make her a must-read in my opinion.
3) I haven't read it in nine years. But the first time I read it, I had a very emotional reaction to it. I was *inspired* to seek out other titles about the war and children--especially holocaust related titles. This book started a life-long interest in the subject. And I did want to share that.

5 comments:

Evo said...

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Trish said...

I loved this book as a schoolgirl - glad you enjoyed it as well!

Madame Rubies said...

I listened to this as an audio book a while back. I loved it so much I bought a copy for my stepdaughter last time I got to take her shopping.

Booklogged said...

Becky, I'm glad you enjoyed it as a reread. Did you know there are companion books that go with The Giver? They are Gathering Blue and Messenger. Both worth reading. I'm still looking forward to reading Gossamer. And just today I learned that Lowry has written some children's books about Gooney Bird Greene. They look fun, too.

Julie said...

I am reading this in my class right now and the kids are enjoying it. I, like booklogged, suggest reading Gathering Blue and Messenger as well as Gossamer if you haven't read them. I really enjoy most of what Lois Lowry writes!