Tomorrow we are on warning for a wintery mix but it may turn out to be the biggest snow this area has seen this winter. We are gathering wood for our wood stove and are preparing to hunker down. Meanwhile I am going to sit- butt in chair for scheduling my blog post so I can concentrate on writing tomorrow. As you know I am in revision of my memoir in preparation for reading it through by my teacher Brooke Warner. First I have to decrease the amount of documents into coherent chapters so she can read it. And that is what I spend my time doing. But now for the fun! Perfect Picture Book Friday is here.
Title: A Picture Book of Anne Frank
Author/Illustrator: David A. Adler/ Karen Ritz
Publishing info: Holiday House, 1993, biography
Themes: Biography, Anne Frank, WWII, Jews, Holocaust, Amsterdam
Ages appropriate for: All ages
Summary from Jacket: Traces the life of the young Jewish girl whose diary chronicles the years she and her family hid from the Nazis in an Amsterdam attic.
First Three Sentences : Anne Frank was born on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Her parents were Otto and Edith Frank. Anne had an older sister, Margot.
Resources: Lots of general info on the Holocaust and Anne Frank for grades three to eight, but precious little for younger children as in picture book age of seven to eleven. A visit to the Holocaust museum would be too wearisome and not understood at this age. And do we really want to go into the holocaust and the Nazis at this age. I think this picture book with the way it touches on these subjects is information enough. I am not sure how I would explain in terms a little kid would understand about Anne Frank and millions of Jews like her.
Here is one guide for teachers which covers all ages.
And one with discussion questions for young readers but not of this particular book but a graphic novel.
This one has questions one could use for ages seven to eleven like looking a map of Europe and the Netherlands, pointing out Amsterdam. Looking at a neighborhood like where Anne Frank lived and discussing it.
“After about a year of living in hiding, Anne writes, “We long for Saturdays because that means books . . . Our only diversions are reading, studying and listening to the wireless.” (p. 110) How would you pass the time in such a situation? Imagine you have thirty minutes to pack a bag with your most cherished possessions. Draw pictures of the items.”
Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJSpxVLiGKY
Not of this book but the real thing! Her Diary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jubDcuaYyAc
Why I Love this book : Well, I’m from Holland and this is part of my identity. It is core to my heart. My father was in a German Prisoner of WAr camp, and once in a labor camp. He told us stories about it during dinner but we are not Jews. We were not hunted down like criminals.
This picture book is more than just a biography of Anne Frank. It is about the Holocaust and what Hitler did to the Jewish population from 1933 to 1945. It is embodied in the voice of Anne Frank. I saw a play about her once that my parents took me to see and it was more about her life in “the Annex” than this book is.
This book never the less made me choke up when I read (and I knew before) that Anne Frank’s father, Otto, survived and came back to Amsterdam where they lived in their secret apartment. Someone gave him the diary, He was the only survivor.
And here are some links for my writer friends:
For any friend who has too much to do and want to spend time on priorities. Outsource! http://alexisgrant.com/2015/01/21/outsource-chores/
How do you keep readers reading in your books? Here is how one author did it for his thrillers, I’ve seen this and it is very effective. http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2015/01/just-one-more-chapter.html
And for more picture book fun, as my friend Stacy Jensen says:
To find more PPBF books, visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog
As my friend Penny Klostermann says:
Oh! And while you’re checking things out, head on over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s place and check out all the fantastic Perfect Picture Book Selections! Each book is reviewed by a picture book -lovin’ reviewer, AND includes activities to go along with the book. You will find a handy list right HERE.
Come back on Tuesday and read about Crime Mystery Author Annette Dasofy’s author journey in Part two of my interview with her.
I can’t let you go without looking at this wonderful logo Margot Finke made me.
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