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Little Guides to Great Lives: Anne Frank Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-08 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 2 user ratings
ISBN:1786273985
LANGUAGE:English

" ***I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.***Charmingly illustrated filled with as many informations as possible. Young audience will understand very easily with glossary and timeline, I'd recommend this one to 7 years or older. Even though it's a short one, one will connect with Anne almost immediately thanks to the very detailed situation not only focused on Anne Frank's diary, but also background history. " said.

"My Thoughts
Anne Frank is one of those who makes frequent appearances on my blog. She was my inspiration for starting a journal of my own as a child, and I addressed my diary just like Anne did; only, I named my diary Katy (after another childhood favorite)

Anne Frank’s story is one that is difficult to tell and to read about; but yet one that is truly important and needs to be told and read.

This advanced picture book summarizes Anne’s story to the essentials, while being accurate, appropriate and interesting for the intended audience. Isabel Thomas’s rendition of Anne Frank’s story is simply beautiful.

Paola Escobar’s illustrations are simple yet eye-catching despite or because of the minimalistic color-scheme. They also add great value to the story by including details that provide more information to the reader.

I loved the timeline included at the end of the book; and also appreciated that the words included in the glossary are underlined in the book itself for easy reference.

In Summary
This book will be a great addition to libraries of young readers everywhere and I’m looking forward to reading more books from this series.

It will definitely inspire young readers to learn more about Anne and the events that led her to fulfilling her dream (though she did not live to know that she had achieved it)- in her own words below –

“I don’t want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death! And therefore I am grateful to God for this gift, this possibility of developing myself and of writing, of expressing all that is in me. I can shake off everything if I write; my sorrows disappear; my courage is reborn. But, and that is the great question, will I ever be able to write anything great, will I ever become a journalist or a writer?”

Rating: A
Reading Level: 7 – 11 years
Disclaimer: Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital review copy of the little guides featured today. All opinions are my own.
" said.

" This is a wonderful balance between a picture book biography meant for a very young reader and a middle-grade biography. the text is wonderfully detailed, while remaining age-appropriate, and the illustrations work beautifully.Thanks to #netgalley for providing me a copy to review. " said.

"* I received this book from publisher via netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review.*  

What I Liked

First off I have to say that the story of Anne Frank and the holocaust as a whole is not an easy topic no matter how you look at it. But, these are both important stories that need to be shared. I read this book two times before writing this review, for a few reasons. 

The firs being that this author did a wonderful job telling this story. It is done in such a way that it does not hide the truth, but gently explains what happened to Anne Frank and others who were victimized during WWII. It explained the steps leading up to the labor and concentration camps in a factual way, but in a very respectful manner. I have to say that this is one of the most gentle, but truthful children's book I have read on the topic personally. 

The second reason I read this multiple times was the art style and illustrations that are present throughout. While I hate to say that this story is beautiful, because it is so heart breaking, this book is beautiful and is a work of art. 

Another thing I loved about this book was that it just did not tell the story of Anne Frank, but it was so much more. It talked about the global economy and the rise of the Nazi to give the story context. There was also a lot of helpful information such as key character descriptions, timelines, and a glossary to aid young readers in learning and making sense  of the complex story. But, the best thing they had in there was further reading. You can tell the author cares about the topic and is passionate about learning when they share where readers can learn more. 

What I Didn’t Like

Honestly, there is nothing bad I can say about this book. It was well structured, it covered a difficult topic in a very accessible way to children. 

Overall Thoughts

Overall I really enjoyed reading this, even though I am not a child I found it to be informative and interested without being overwhelming. This is a great way to expose young children the the holocaust and the story of Anne Frank without being overwhelming in my opinion.  I even bought a copy for a friend of mine for her to read to her children. 
" said.

" This is a child’s book, but the simplicity of the text and illustrations told Anne’s story as clearly and sadly as I’ve ever heard it. " said.

"Little Guides to Great Lives is an excellent series for younger children. I’d say 2nd grade through 4th. The books are illustrated biographies of some of the most inspirational figures in history.
The one granted to me by Lawrence King Publishing was about the life of Ann Frank. While she is well known for who she was and the diary she wrote I did come away with information I had either forgotten or never known. I feel children will immediately take to the books where text is accompanied with lovely illustrations. I escpecially liked the diagram of the secret annex. It was actually bigger than I had imagined, but since so many people were hidden there, I’m sure it was quite cramped.
The text portrays the struggles of Ann and her family as well as their stamina and bravery. The timeline at the end of the book puts her whole life in perspective.
I feel this series will be a huge welcomed addition to libraries and classrooms for beginning researchers.
" said.

"Although short, Anne Frank: Little Guides to Great Lives is full of information, beautiful illustrations, and helpful maps. I have taught the dramatized version of The Diary of Anne Frank for four years now, and even I learned something new from this book. I am excited for its full publication so that I can share it with my students and incorporate it into my curriculum. The maps and simple explanations of often difficult subject matter will help my lower-level readers understand the content of the play and hopefully inspire my students further to read Anne's diary for themselves and to see others by our similarities instead of our differences.
I look forward to reading more books in this series on Little Guides to Great Lives.

*Thank you, NetGalley for an eBook advanced reader's copy of this title. I was provided with this title prior to publication in exchange for an honest review.
" said.

" Wonderfully accessible for children and beautifully illustrated. The book uses simple language which manages to successfully condense the story of Anne's life without losing any of the impact of her experience, or the political and socio-economic climate of the time. " said.

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