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UPDATE TIME: 2018-02-22 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 851 user ratings
ISBN:1469215462
LANGUAGE:English

" We read this as a moms/kids book club selection. Everyone loved it. Wonderful approach...a mix of first person and historical background information. It really did a great job of bringing the kids into the history and the atrocities that happened. " said.

" The Best!I could not put this book down until I finished it! This is by far the best holocaust book that I have read. The writer did an amazing job bringing the story to life. I felt the fear and emotions of Sylvia. I was brought to tears a few times while reading but the ending of this story was so beautiful my tears were of joy for those 800 survivors! " said.

" Beautifully written verse from a child’s perspective. This family was extremely brave and the father’s attentiveness, intuition, and wisdom kept this family alive. Those poor children that were taught from birth to be so silent. I wonder how long or if they ever changed that characteristic. " said.

" Powerful little book and a must read for middle grade readers!Tavia Gilbert's narration was very well done. " said.

"Sometimes hearing a story from the voice of an innocent child lends power to the telling. So it is with this true story of Holocaust survivor Sylvia Perlmutter. Her inner voice & simple hopes contrast with the horrors going on around her. I fell in love with her father, who used such creative ways to keep his precious little one safe & lightened the dark days with his gentle humor. I really appreciated Jennifer Roy's style--simple yet at times poetic and always poignant. Definitely recommend.

**Children's Literature
***Kindle Unlimited, read & listen
Tavia Gilbert (a favorite) narrator
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"This is a most exceptional Holocaust story. It is told in verse through the eyes of a child who was actually in the Lodz ghetto, and was one of only 12 children who survived. While there is some violence in it, it is not graphic, so children can read this Holocaust story, as well as adults who cannot stomach the graphic violence in other books on the topic. What this book so stunningly captures is what every child knows well--fear.

Of course, Syvia Perlmutter had far more to fear as both a child of war, as well as a Jewish child in WWII Poland, but her fear of losing her family is a universal one. Her fear of them all being killed by Nazis is not, but it is the type of war story all should read. It is not only the story of a child who wants to live, but the story of a child who wants things so many others take for granted. She wants to eat fresh food; wants to go to school; wants to be outside in the warm, bright sun; wants to have warm clothes and heat in the winter; and wants to not be hated for who she is--a child born into a Jewish family.
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" This was a quick, but important book and would be an emotional read aloud to students/children studying the Holocaust. " said.

"This is a fantastic Holocaust novel. The author wrote from the perspective of her aunt, who was one of 12 children to survive the Lodz ghetto in Poland. Her aunt was four and a half when she entered the ghetto, and ten when the liberation troops reached them. Roy has an amazing way of making the most simple statements incredibly gripping. The novel is written in poetic prose:
I wish I could
rip the star off
(carefully, stitch by stitch, so as not to ruin
my lovely coat),
because yellow is meant to be
a happy color,
not the color of
hate.

I will be using this as a cross-curricular connection with the social studies teacher on my team this spring while she is teaching the Holocaust, but I think it was an awesome read in and of itself. I read it going to Connecticut and back for Thanksgiving, so it's really a quick read, too!
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