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Yellow Star Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-01 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 851 user ratings
ISBN:1469215462
LANGUAGE:English

"Books like this one always grab me by the heart, sadden me at such terrible stories and yet inspire me by the courage and strength of those who had so much going against them.This book is told by the niece of the main character and yet she uses the voice of the child - starting at age 4 1/2, so that the reader sees it from a child's viewpoint.

Sylvia (the main character) and her father, mother and older sister are all imprisoned in the Lodz ghetto.Life becomes increasingly difficult and orders come down that all the children are to be deported. Sylvia's father makes sure that she is hidden so that she won't be taken. Ultimately, she is one of only twelve children who survives the ghetto.

Although geared to the younger reader and listed as fiction, it is based on truth and appealed to me as an adult as well. If you are interested in the time of the Holocaust, I think you will find this a book worth reading.
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"Syvia was just a little girl - 4 - when her family was forced into the ghetto in Lodz. 6 years later she walked out of the ghetto, one of only 12 children to survive the Nazis. This true story based on the experiences of Roy's aunt is easy to read, immediate and emotional. Written in "verse" (though I use that word very loosely) the book benefits from Roy's choice to use child-like and simple language to relate the story. More "poetic" language would have made a false note. One of the better and more accessible Holocaust books I've read, and suitable for students who are studying the war. Of particular value since the verse format and simple language make it available to students who aren't advanced readers. Knowing from the beginning that Syvia "made it" also helps to keep the heavy emotions from being overwhelming for a younger reader. Pair with books about Anne Frank or The Mozart Question." said.

"I really enjoyed this one, in great part because of the foreword from Jennifer Roy. Hearing the story of how the book came to be made reading it all the more interesting. And I appreciated the fact that Roy admits that she's always regarded the Holocaust as something frightening on a very personal level, enough so that she wasn't sure she would be able to write it.

That she's preserved a story from her family's history so eloquently is something to admire. The poetry really grabbed me, and I appreciated the informational text that supplements each segment of the book. Through the combination of poetry and non-fiction, the reader effectively gets the story of the Lodz ghetto from two perspectives: that of a small child living in a place that alternates between boring and brutal, and that of an adult looking back at the ghetto and its place within the wider world.

This is easily one of the best books about the Holocaust I've read in a while, and I'm glad I picked it up.
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"This is a life changing book. The Holocaust is one of my favorite things to learn and read about. Although it is very heart breaking, there is just something inside me that wants to know more. This true story really brought out what remembering the holocaust is all about. I really enjoyed how Jennifer Roy told this story in poems. To me, that just made the book even more intense. Other people may think that the style of this book is "un-descriptive" and "boring", but when you really get to know about the Holocaust, you will realize how special this book is to you. You feel so bad for these people, yet so thankful there were survivors to tell their story! I love the cute little character of Syvia. She is so un-aware in the beginning of the book, but then yo see she becomes more and more alerted and you can even feel the worry in her families' eyes. This story is so powerful, suspenseful, moving, and even sometimes humorous! It gives you a rare look in the eyes of a child that was lucky enough to survive this horrible time in history. I would recommend this story to the ages of 11 and up! I really loved this book, and I think you will too!" said.

"The author tells the true story of her Aunt Syvia's experiences in the Lodz Ghetto during the Nazi occupation of Poland. The slightly fictionalized story, re-created from her aunt's taped narrative, is related by Syvia herself as a series of titled vignettes that cover the period from fall, 1939, when she is four years old, until January 1945–each one recounting a particular detail-filled memory in the child's life (a happy-colored yellow star sewn on her favorite orange coat; a hole in the cemetery where she hides overnight with her Papa). The book is divided into five chronological sections–each with a short factual introduction to the period covered. An appended author's note tells what happened to Syvia's family after the war. A time line of World War II, beginning with the German invasion of Poland, is also included. This gripping and very readable narrative, filled with the astute observations of a young child, brings to life the Jewish ghetto experience in a unique and memorable way.
Along with "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl", this book should be required reading for students everywhere.
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"Yellow Star is about one of the twelve children who survived in the Lodz ghetto during World War II. In 1939, the Germans invaded Poland and forced every Jew they could find into a small section of Lodz, this is now known as a ghetto. Ghettos were sealed off from the outside, and any Jew that tried to escape would most likely be shot. The Nazi’s soon began deporting the Jews in groups to concentration where they would soon die.
One of the families that was forced to move into the Lodz ghetto was the Perlmutters. Syvia Perlmutter was just four years old when the war began. She lived in the ghetto with her mother, father, and sister Dora. In this story, Syvia’s father was a big hero. He was able to save his family from deportation to the gas chamber, and when the Nazi soldiers came around taking all children, he was able to save Syvia and eleven other children.
I enjoyed this book, but like any other book about the second World War and the Holocaust, it was also very sad. Although Syvia and her family are living in such a horrible time, and found it nice that sometimes Syvia was able to be just a regular girl. I loved this book even more because it was a true story. Although we know there were terrible things that happened in our history, we don’t often understand how terrible they were. But when you read or hear a true story it really impacts you in a different way. I would definitely recommend this people I know, and I am very glad that I read it.
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"In the shocking, suspenseful book Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy, 4 year-old Syvia must be one of the luckiest girl in the world because she was one of the only 12 Jewish children who survived Holocaust. She grew up as a Jew during the time period of World War 2. She lives in a ghetto with her family with her two new friends Hava and Itka. The ghetto is full of diseases and thousands of other Jews. Afterwards Hava disappears after she took a short walk around the ghetto. Itka was forced to a train to go to death camps with all the other children living in the ghetto. Syvia has to go to the death camps where they kill them with toxic gas then burn the dead bodies to ashes. The Nazis want to take her away then kill her. Will she survive?

Personally I think that Syvia is very brave because she grew up a Jew during the toughest time to be one and she faces her future of death too soon but even though she is scared she came up with her father a plan so the Nazis won’t find her. I also think she is very flat sometimes throughout the story. For example she will agree on everything and never seemed to be paying attention and often day dreaming. I think the pace of the book is good. The problems come one after another. But each problem seems to make Syvia sadder and scared. I love the author’s writing style. There are many paragraphs about different topics in the story. Also I think the writing style is very confusing when you read chapter after chapter. The author wrote facts about what happened during that time period also she adds pieces of other stories. She adds to many details for the stories and facts that everything is mixed up in your head.

I recommend this book to people who like historical fiction. Also if you read other Jennifer Roy books you may like this one. I do not recommend this book to people who hate part-by-part books or books that are made up of journal entries. Also I think this book is not good for people who don’t know a thing about World War 2.
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" I don't know how to feel about this book, I mean, there were indenting mistakes, it was so super duper short, I finished this darn book in about an hour of my life, and it was really lame. I mean, I really don't care how she survived the nazis or whatever, I was hoping for more of the nazi attack being like, more of a less in the story. I wanted to hear her dirt and her crushes and all that GOOD stuff. This was I guess fictional nonfiction, but I never really do care about the real stuff. " said.

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