When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

by Judith Kerr
     
 

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.

Editorial Reviews

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:
9788420432014
Publisher:
Santillana USA Publishing Company
Publication date:
06/01/1983
Pages:
172
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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