April 13th, 2007


"Number the Stars," by Lois Lowry

"Now I think that all of Denmark must be bodyguard for the Jews."

~ Annemarie Johansen, "Number the Stars"

"Number the Stars" is a beautiful, thought-provoking and educational book, about the Nazi occupation of Denmark during WWII, and the way the Danish people came together to help Jewish families flee into Sweden for safety. My son and I read this together, for his homeschool bookclub.

Annemarie Johansen and Ellen Rosen are best friends living in Nazi-occupied Copenhagen in 1943. They're old enough to remember the time before the war, when food and clothing were plentiful, and people took vacations to the seaside. Now, there are shortages of everything, and German soldiers - with their guns and shiny boots - are stationed on every street corner.

Collapse ) 5/5 stars.