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“This is another one of my favorite books. Annemarie reminds me of myself. I would have been that brave little girl who hid her best friend. I always strive to do the right thing, even if that goes against the tide. I couldn't put this book down, because I had to see how it ended. I loved all...”see full review » see other reviews »
“In Lois Lowry's historical fiction book "Number the Stars" is about a family of Jews who escape from Copenhagen during the Holocaust. The book centers a girl named
Annemarie Johansen who lived in Copenhagen Denmark. Annemarie risks her life to save her best friend Ellen Rosen who is a Jew. Annemarie pretends that Ellen is her older sister who died earlier in the Holocaust . Many times the Nazi soldiers suspected that Annemarie and her family were helping Jews but every time they found nothing. One night when her uncle was taking Jews to his boat to go to a safer place one of the Jews dropped a important package. Annemarie then saw the package on the front step of the house. Her mother gave her a basket with food in it and at the bottom was the package. Annemarie headed out and Nazi soldiers stopped her with dogs. The dogs found nothing and she continued on her way. She then got the package to her uncle and the Jews were transported somewhere safer. After the war ended they Annemarie soon found out her sister who died was purposely ran over by the Nazi's . There is nothing saying what happened to Ellen.”
“Number the Stars by Lois Lowry is a good example for historical fiction. While living with her Jewish family the Nazis invade Denmark forcing her family to fleed. Her patents can't take her with them so she its forced to stay with a friend of hers. One night there Nazis go to search their house so they are forced to fleed as well. They go to live where the friends mom grew up. ”Esmeralda Bernache wrote this review 21 hours ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wow. :) I loved this book.
Therapy could be a number of different ways for this book! We could talk about the Holocaust, or we could talk about how people can act sometimes. ”
“Number the stars is a book surrounding the events of the Holocaust. You follow young Annemarie Johansen as she tries to escape the tragedy of this time by pretending to be a part of another family. This book does a wonderful job of helping you see this time through the eyes of this young protagonist. Your students will feel empathy for the people that are represented in this book. I think this book brings to life a war so horrible that it is hard for our minds to fathom. It is so important to remember these people as real humans who lived and dies, and not just a story in the history books. I would love to use this book as a book we read together in a class so we can all share in the heart ache and grow in the understanding this book provides. ”Sara Sims wrote this review 2 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A story that goes back to the early forties with a story of a young boy going through the Nazi era. This would be a great book for middle school or junior high age to start them on the learning of the Holocaust. ”Hannah Ponder wrote this review 2 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“At the beggining of the story Ellen and Annemarie are racing when Nazi soldiers question them for their running; they tell the guards that they were racing and that therewas no trouble. Later word is heard of someone they know who has dissapeared and they begin to discover that their Jewish friends are being taken away to who knows where. A while later Ellen is to go into hiding with the Johansen (Annemarie's family) because Ellen was a Jew and the synagogue she went to gave the Nazis a list of the Jews who went there. That night Nazis came and Mr. Johansen had to trick them into believing that Ellen was Lise Johansen, Annemarie's dead sister; they were tricked and left. Annemarie, her mother, Kirsti, and Ellen all went on a train to the countryside so they could bring Ellen to a place where she would be transported to Sweden. On the train German soldiers try to find Jews and Kirsti nearly blows their cover but does not so they travel without another problem. While there Annemarie is told that one of her relatives died, however she did not belive her mother because she did not remember her dead relative. One night when they are having a fake ceremony when a group of Germans come into their house and tell the people to open the csket they have, but Mrs. Johansen tells the soldiers that the dead person had died of an airborne disease and she had not opened the casket for their safety. The Germans left and after they were gone htye opened the casket and took out closes without there being a body in it. The closes were given amongst them and also people had come: Ellen's parents and Peter; of these Ellen's parents and Ellen were going to be sailed over to Sweden. They began running them over to docks during the night, the next morning Mrs. Johansen was not to be seen along with many of the others, Annemarie found her mother and was told to bring a basket to her uncle at the docks. One she was running german soldiers and their dogs stopped Annemarie and questioned her to find out why she was running. They opened her basket and found a small handkerchief in it but nothing important to them, so they let her go on her way. She made it to her uncle at the docks and gave him the basket and told him what happened. Afterwards, Ellen and her family were sent to safety in Sweden and because of the help she and Annemarie lived to after the war.”Ana Minten wrote this review 4 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In the historical fiction, "Number the Stars" written by Lois Lowery tells a story around 1945 how Annemarie Johansen tries to hide her best friend Ellen Rose as her deceased sister, Lise. The major conflict of the story when Ellen makes it across the river of Denmark and makes it to safety. Away from the Nazis.
Annemarie Johansen- Ellen Rose best friend, also is very fast
Ellen Rose- Annemarie's best friend who she plays Lise
Lise Johansen- Annemarie's older sister who died and was going to be married
Uncle Henrik- Uncle of Annemarie and where they stay with Ellen ”
“I have never been a fan of historical fiction, but this story was absolutely amazing. Getting a glimpse of the Holocaust through the eyes of a child whose family was part of the Resistance was both fascinating and terrifying. Annemarie is a young girl who is best friends with Ellen Rosen, a young Jewish girl. When the Nazi's begin invading their town, Ellen and her family must flee, and Annemarie and her family become their means of escape. From acting as if Ellen is actually her dead sister, Lise, to transporting the family and others to Uncle Henrik's house, to getting the Jewish families onboard Uncle Henrick's boat to take them to freedom in Sweden, this story completely captivated me from beginning to end. This would be a great story to use in therapy as a reward for a client or to help a client who is struggling with understanding historical concepts. I could use parts of this story to explain the Holocaust and the events that occurred relating to this horrific war.”Kristen Celsor wrote this review 4 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book " Number the Stars" written by Lois Lowry takes place during the war in 1943. It talks about two best friends one Jewish one not, Annemarie Johansen and Ellen Rosen. When the Nazis soldiers come to get Rosen family the Johansen take in Ellen and protect her by pretending that she's their dead daughter.
1. Annemarie Johansen: was one of the main characters she plays the role of a girl trying to protect her best friend.
2.Ellen Rosen: one of the main characters she plays the role of a young Jewish girl hiding from the Nazis
3. Mr.Johasen: he is the father of Annemarie and he plays the role of a kind man
4.Mrs.Johasen: she is Annemarie mom and plays the role of a determined and kind woman.”