Book Review: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

I’ve had an interest in the tragic events surrounding World War II and the Holocaust that began when I was in the play The Diary of Anne Frank in high school (I played Anne’s sister, Margot). Since that time I’ve tried to learn all I can about what the Jews experienced during those years.

I’ll never comprehend the horrific circumstances so many of them faced, and I’ll always mourn for the lives that were lost. What’s hardest for me to make sense of is the loss of innocence that so many Jewish children lived through. I think that is why I enjoyed reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowry so much.

My 11-year old daughter’s class read Number the Stars at school and my daughter insisted I read it. It is the fictional story of ten-year old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend, Ellen Rosen, two young girls who live in Denmark during the German occupation.

The book is written for children the same age and tells the story of Ellen’s family’s escape from Copenhagen to Sweden to avoid capture by the Germans.

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Storytelling Day: The True Story of the Biting Bedbugs

Good night,

Sleep tight,

Don’t let the bedbugs bite!

Not so long ago, and not so far away, there stood a happy house filled with happy people. The happy family spent their mornings together, busying themselves with orange juice and crossword puzzles and playing tag in the front yard and making their beds. They spent their days apart, busying themselves with kindergarten and second grade and going to work. And they always spent their evenings together, busying themselves with setting the table and finishing homework and playing a little basketball in the sunset. The details of the days sometimes changed, but every day in the happy house ended right back where it began, with the happy people climbing in their nicely made beds, and going to sleep to chase some happy dreams.

That’s not so different from your house, right?

You know that we share our lives with all kinds of tiny creatures we can’t see, and so did the happy family. Deep inside the mattress of one of those nicely made beds lived a little bedbug family. Bedbug families are not so different from people families. (They’re not so different: except they usually have more kids, and they prefer to stay in the dark.)

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