Monday, July 09, 2007
Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy
It seems like I hear about new Holocaust books every day, but I'm not always motivated to read them because it's such a painful topic. Last year I skimmed this book and realized how good it was and we made it an option for our sixth grade historical fiction unit. This summer I listened to it on CD and it is incredible. It is classified as a fiction book, but it is based entirely on the author's aunt's experiences in the Lodz Ghetto during World War II. Syvia was four when her family was forced into the ghetto and almost 10 when the entire family was liberated. All of her childhood memories are of that ghetto where they suffered from hunger, cruelty, and overwhelming fear of being sent to death camps. The Nazis removed all children from the ghetto (telling parents they were saving them when they were really killing them). Syvia's father dug a grave for them and they hid in the cemetery. After the children were gone Syvia had to be in hiding from everyone. The book is very easy to read. It's told in verse form that is almost like poetry, but more like the thoughts and experiences of a young girl. I was horrified once again by what Hitler did to innocent human beings, and I stand in admiration of Syvia's family and how they survived. Recommended for readers of all ages.