Yellow Star Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-06-18 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 851 user ratings

"Written in free verse, this is a moving account of the experience of Syvia Perlmutter, one of only 12 children to survive the Lodz ghetto in Poland during World War II. It's written by a relative who was able to do extensive interviews with her. It's horrifying and haunting... as it should be. It's also absolutely incredible that Syvia's entire family was able to survive, in large part thanks to her father's quick thinking and that of the other ghetto survivors.

It's a thought-provoking read and made me want to learn more about the Lodz ghetto... while also making me want to not delve in to deeply, because reading this as a parent made it absolutely heart-wrenching. I can't say I "enjoyed" it, but it's worth reading.
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"Outstanding. The story of a Jewish family escaping the horrors that were the Nazi is absolutely compelling. The book is written in a free-flowing verse format and is an easy read for young adults as well as grown ups.

This is a real life story of Syvia/Sylvia as told by her niece. This book captures the details of the 6-year-old girl during the era when Nazis invaded Poland and forced all the Jews to live in the ghetto. The atrocities committed as well as the victories are written in a clear light.

This book made my eyes water. The scene when the Russians liberate the Jews was so emotional that I put the book down for a second to reflect the highs and lows of mankind.

Must Rea. 4 stars. Buy the book
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"Yellow star BR 5

I think this book is really cool but sad. This book is about a girl named Sylvia she was one of the survivors of the holocaust.
Back in 1939 during ww1 in Lodz Poland Germans invaded all Jewish people. The Germans forced the Jews out of their homes. The Germans took them to a ghetto. The ghetto was small. After the war ended a 12 children survived one of them was Sylvia. She had a sister named Dora. Her niece asked her to tell her the story of how she survived.

This book has 257 pages.
This book is really sad but awesome when I was reading the book I imagined things about it. This story is really touching. I think it's brave of sylvia to tell her story and how she thought about it. I really recommend this book it is really fast to read. Think you can sometimes relate to some of the things she does.
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"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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