When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

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by Judith Kerr
     
 

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Anna was only nine years old in 1933, too busy with her school work and friends to take much notice of Adolf Hitler's face glaring out of political posters all over Berlin. Being Jewish, she thought, was just something you were because your parents and grandparents were Jewish. But then one day her father was unaccountably, frighteningly missing. Soon after, she and…  See more details below

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Anna was only nine years old in 1933, too busy with her school work and friends to take much notice of Adolf Hitler's face glaring out of political posters all over Berlin. Being Jewish, she thought, was just something you were because your parents and grandparents were Jewish. But then one day her father was unaccountably, frighteningly missing. Soon after, she and her brother, Max, were hurried out of Germany by their mother with alarming secrecy.

Reunited in Switzerland, Anna and her family embark on an adventure that would go on for years, in several different countries. They learn many new things: new languages, how to cope with the wildest confusions, and how to be poor. Anna soon discovers that there are special skills to being a refugee. And as long as the family stayed together, that was all that really mattered.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Judith Kerr. Putnam/PaperStar, $4.95 ISBN 0-698-11589-9. A Jewish girl and her family escape Berlin just before Hitler gains power and spend the next few years as refugees in Switzerland, France and England. Ages 8-12. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Armin Brott
Nine-year-old Anna and her family were among the lucky ones, Jews who fled their Berlin home just before Hitler came to power in 1933. Anna doesn't completely understand why they needed to leave Germany, but we, the readers, do. And that's what makes this autobiographical novel so interesting. We follow Anna, her brother, and her father as they travel through Europe, living as refugees, staying a few steps ahead of the Nazis. Although When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit avoids most of the details of the actual Holocaust, it provides young readers with a gentle, yet important, introduction to a horrible chapter in world history. 1997 (orig.
From the Publisher
"An engrossing autobiographical novel." School Library Journal, starred review

"This book is an exploration of family solidarity in a time of personal crisis. An engrossing and sensitive narrative." --Horn Book

"Anna does not really understand why her family leavs Germany . . . but during the next three years in Switzerland, France, and England she learns from firsthand experience what it is like to be a refugee. . . The narrative is absorbing and believalbe." —Booklist

An ALA Notable Book
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

A Kirkus Choice Book
A Horn Book Fanfare Title
A Library of Congress Best Children's Book

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698115897
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.03(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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From the Publisher
"An engrossing autobiographical novel." School Library Journal, starred review

"This book is an exploration of family solidarity in a time of personal crisis. An engrossing and sensitive narrative." --Horn Book

"Anna does not really understand why her family leavs Germany . . . but during the next three years in Switzerland, France, and England she learns from firsthand experience what it is like to be a refugee. . . The narrative is absorbing and believalbe." —Booklist

An ALA Notable Book
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Choice Book
A Horn Book Fanfare Title
A Library of Congress Best Children's Book

 

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Judith Kerr lives in London, England.

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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best books I have ever read. The story it tells enthralls the reader even though it is not action packed. It is very interesting to read the story of a Jewish German girl and her family having to move across Europe at the beginning of Hitler's reign.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every book you read becomes a part of you, but it is rare treasures like 'When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit' that really stays with you. Anna is a character who is ignorant at times, but she is truly someone to delight in. The character of Onkel Julius is too optimistic, claiming that Hitler's reign will be over before long. Anna's father is a famous author, and she wants nothing more than to become famous herself. As a refugee, she travels from Berlin to Switzerland to Paris and finally to England, where her father is finally able to earn a living through all the turmoil. Follow her encounters with Nazi mothers, French lessons, and a nearly deaf great-aunt. You can't miss it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A librarian recommended this book to me when I was in 5th grade. Now, 35 years later, it is still one of my favorite children's books. I plan to use it with my class to introduce historical fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A nine year old girl named Anna lives in Germany at a time when Hitler is elected to be president. Her family needs to move to Switzerland for their safety, and incounters several obsacles in her way. If you are a history lover, or someone who just loves to read a great book, I strongly suggest When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, by Judith Kerr.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am reading this book for school and I LOVE it. Its great and very interesting. There was a hook in the very beginning and it cling to me. READ THIS BOOK AND I PROMISE YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading about WWII!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really sad and what hitler did ugh what did jews ever do to him
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is very good and entertaining but I do not like how at the end it just says,"They closed the door and the taxi started,".Other than that it was a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im reading this book now in book club at mya school so far its a good book can't wait to read more. P.S I'm on chapter 5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I read this book I absolutely adored it because it was historical fiction, based on the author's fathers life, and Anna loved traveling to different places just like me. Sarah
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Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
This was a different type of novel dealing with Hitler, his regime and the affect he had on individuals. It wasn’t the heart-torn stories of concentration camps or hiding from the soldiers, this story dealt with a family adapting to life on the other side of the fence. Leaving the security of their home in Germany, Anna and her family moved around several times before they were finally liberated, in order to survive. The interesting focus in this story is that Anna’s father is a writer. As a writer, he has a few strong supporters that follow him, who end up being his eyes and ears and basically watching his back. As father writes down his words, he knows they anger the new forces, he knows his life is in danger but father knows his words are important. Father needs his words to be spoken and heard and he also needs his followers, to keep his words alive but these followers can’t put the food on his table hence father must do what he thinks is right for his family. The family must move when father fears for his life. Anna and her brother are under the age of ten and this whole idea of Nazi’s, moving and the hatred of others is inconceivable to them. As they try to adapt to their new surroundings at each address, the struggles are not the same, their insecurities are always there. It was an interesting read as it didn’t have the intensity or the emotions that books of this period usually contain that I have read. Father, being a writer, brought another topic to that era that I had never addressed before and it was inspiring how his supporters assisted him. I would have liked to know what father wrote or what he addressed in his writings. Anna was concerned about the family’s possessions as they moved around but her feelings about these belongings dissipated as she matured. This was a good change of pace.
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Amanda Allen More than 1 year ago
This has always been one of my favorite books on the Holocaust. Even now at 22 years old, i still remember this book as one of my favorite books on the horrors of the Holocaust. May we never forget the Holocaust or its victims, both the living and the dead.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a great book. Even though I'm reading it for school, I really feel like I was Anna, living through these harsh times. I totally recommend this book to you, too because not only do you learn interesting history from the point of view of a 9 year old, but you learn to respect the luckiness that we have to live in this kind of world now.