Anne Frank

Anne Frank

by Yona Zeldis McDonough, Malcah Zeldis
     
 

Here is the story of Anne Frank, who, from 1942 to 1944, hid from the Nazis with her family in a secret apartment in Amsterdam. As Hitler carried out his plans to rid Europe of all Jews, Anne bravely made the best of her confined life. She wrote in her diary, kept up with her studies, and pasted photographs of movie stars on her wall. Strong and courageous to the

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Here is the story of Anne Frank, who, from 1942 to 1944, hid from the Nazis with her family in a secret apartment in Amsterdam. As Hitler carried out his plans to rid Europe of all Jews, Anne bravely made the best of her confined life. She wrote in her diary, kept up with her studies, and pasted photographs of movie stars on her wall. Strong and courageous to the end, she was caught in a time and a place that should never have been, and that must never be allowed to exist again.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is a good place to start, for talking about the Holocaust and about prejudice, then and now." —ALA Booklist, boxed review

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mother-daughter team McDonough and Zeldis (Eve and Her Sisters) reunite to introduce children to the Holocaust in this sensitive portrayal of the famous adolescent. McDonough acknowledges that the subject may be difficult for picture-book aged children to understand: "Nevertheless we are sometimes called upon to explain the inexplicable." Her whittled account attempts to do just this, as when Hitler occupies Holland: "Jews had lost their jobs and their possessions were taken away," leaving out the risk of deportation and death but giving young readers a sense of the dangers Frank faced. Zeldis' vividly colored, primitive gouache paintings seem almost carnivalesque (as when Hitler's armies are invading and only on close inspection does one see the bombers and their victims). But they address a complex subject without shying away from the gravity of the events, as in one scorching orange-framed portrait, which shows three shaven heads close up while behind them prisoners are marched about a camp. While avoiding some potentially upsetting particulars, McDonough does not whitewash the wartime horrors: "Many people around them died of hunger and sickness. Many others were killed outright by the Nazis." Ultimately, however, this is not a primer on the Holocaust, but a story of Anne Frank's life, filled with the universality of girlhood: reading books, lining her walls with movie stars' pictures, and of course, keeping a diary. Youngsters will have to wait for Frank's diary for a fuller picture of the atrocities she faced, but will take with them, from this account, the strength and optimism Frank exhibited throughout her unconscionable ordeal. Ages 3-7. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
This simply told story recounts the years that Anne Frank and her family spent hiding from the Nazi soldiers who were looking for Jews to exterminate. In this story, drawn largely from Anne's own diary and letters, Anne is portrayed as a very real girl whose hopes and daily life are more girlish than heroic. That attitude combined with the large, primary colored folk illustrations make this book appropriate for the young audience the publishers describe-if this is a story you want to share with your young children. The author herself has wrestled with the question of introducing the horrors of death, war, intolerance and hatred to young children. She has concluded that introducing these ugly facts to children is important and has done her best to do it in an age appropriate way.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5This picture book opens with the Franks fleeing to the annex. Then the author tells about happier times, the coming of the soldiers, and the beginning of the persecution. Sophisticated language, topic, and the many flashbacks preclude the book's use with young children. The explanation of Hitler's accession to power is simplistic; McDonough attributes it solely to bad economic conditions. Once the author is into Anne's story, however, she tells it in a straightforward manner and relates it well. The book is illustrated with bright, folk-art paintings. At first, the pure colors of yellow, red, orange, green, blue, black, and brown surrounded by alternating borders of the same colors seem inappropriate for such a subject, but the childlike images provide impetus for discussion, and the bright colors of the innocent contrast well with the dark colors of the evildoers. The paintings of happier past times are cozy and cheerful. Mama and baby Anne look like a 1930s version of the Madonna and child. A small painting of barbed wire encircling crossed Nazi flags on the opposite page foreshadows the trouble to come. McDonough tells the story, but there's no doubt that Zeldis provides the emotion. In the final picture, Anne is seen towering over the world and all its people. She has risen phoenixlike from her diary and has become a myth, a myth that symbolizes the yearnings of a people to be brave, to be optimistic, and most of all to survive. Anne did not survive, but her story lives on.Marcia W. Posner, Holocaust Memorial and Educational Center of Nassau County, Glen Cove, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805049244
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
09/15/1997
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.46(w) x 11.36(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Yona Zeldis McDonough was born in Israel. Her work has been published in a number of magazines, including Family Circle and Harper's Bazaar. She is the author of two other children's books: Frank Lloyd Wright and Eve and Her sisters: Women of the Old Testament. She lives in Brooklyn, new York, with her husband and their two children.

Malcah Zeldis is an internationally known folk artist. Her paintings hang in many museums in the United States and abroad. Her books for children include A Fine Fat Pig, Honest Abe, and Eve and Her Sisters: Women of the Old Testment, which was her first collaboration with her daughter, Yona. Ms. Zeldis was born in New York, grew up in Detroit, and spent nine years living in Israel. Currently, she resides in New York City.

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