Excellent Apr 10, 2007
My kids were captivated by this book, kept in suspense, and horrified by Nazi cruelty. Though nothing is graphic, details of some deaths are ... blunt. Hard for my tenderhearted children to take, but it was handled well.
Highlights, according to my kids:
*Brash little five-year-old Kirsti
*Identifying with AnneMarie, who just knew that her life was far too ordinary for her to ever be called on to do something courageous, and being glad of that.
*Suspense ... just enough to make it thrilling
*A mostly happy ending for our favorite characters, though not for everyone
There's a terrific afterword in which the author sifts through what was true and what was fiction. We learned some staggering facts: in 1943, in a matter of weeks, about 7,000 Jews were smuggled out of Denmark, to safety in Sweden. And there's a detail, too crucial to the plot and suspense for me to reveal it, that sounds like fantastic fiction, but was actually true.
Number the Stars is a "must include" in any WWII unit for children.