A Picture Book of Anne Frank

A Picture Book of Anne Frank

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by David A. Adler, Karen Ritz, Randye Kaye
     
 

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The story of a girl who tried to hide from the Nazis.

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The story of a girl who tried to hide from the Nazis.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This most recent addition to the Picture Book Biography series balances candor with discretion in its presentation of heroine Anne Frank. Adler traces the intersection of Anne's brief life with the forces of Nazism, chronicling the girl's earliest years in Germany as well as her time spent in the now-famous Amsterdam attic and the months following arrest and deportation. He refuses to apply the standard encomiums about his subject's courage and genius, with the result that Anne Frank emerges all the more poignantly. Like Adler, Ritz conveys more than familiar icons: she has executed black-and-white drawings closely based on the well-known extant photographs of Anne and her family and friends, and set these into watercolors of, for example, 1930s Germany or Anne packing her diary. Even her picture of shaven-headed, hollow-eyed Anne and Margot huddled together at Bergen-Belsen avoids cliche and condescension. ``Some people find it difficult to understand the Holocaust,'' Adler concludes with grace. ``But when they read Anne's diary, it all becomes real. Then they know one of the victims. They know Anne Frank.'' Ages 4-8 . (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- The life of Anne Frank serves as a microcosm of the experiences of millions of Jews who met tragedy, torture, and death during the Holocaust. Adler provides an excellent entry-level introduction to this historical figure, her family, and the climate of the times. He focuses on and explains in concise language the underlying reasons for the family going into hiding, their lifestyle in the annex, the people who shared their hideout, their ultimate capture, and demise (with the exception of Mr. Frank). He conveys the liveliness and spirited personality of the young girl through the text and the watercolor paintings. Dissections are provided to show the living quarters and pencil sketches depict scenes of concentration camp life. Emotions are well expressed in this sensitive and age-appropriate portrait. --Cheryl Cufari, N. A. Walbran Elementary School, Oriskany, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591127826
Publisher:
Live Oak Media
Publication date:
03/28/1995
Series:
Picture Book Biography Series
Edition description:
ABR
Product dimensions:
10.04(w) x 9.15(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

David A. Adler's "Picture Book Biographies" have been hailed as an "expert mixture of facts and personality" (School Library Journal) and "handsomely designed" (Booklist). Mr. Adler is also the author of the "A First Biography" series for readers aged 7-11, as well as a number of novels and Judaica titles. He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.

Karen Ritz has illustrated books for all ages, including "Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express", a Reading Rainbow feature book. She has a degree in children's literature from the University of Minnesota and teaches illustration and workshops on visual literacy. She lives with her husband and two children in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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A Picture Book of Anne Frank 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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I recommend this book 2 any child in elementary school b/c this explains the courage and complex situations a little girl is in. Easy 2 comprehend and read!!