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review 2018-02-17 04:00
Anne Frank
Anne Frank: A Hidden Life - Mirjam Pressler

AR: 8.5

Grade Level: 6th-8th

Summary: Anne Frank: A Hidden Life is all about what Anne Frank and her family endured through the Holocaust. Anne Frank: A Hidden Life gives extreme detail, and allows the reader to experience the Holocaust through Anne's perspctive. 

Idea: This is a great way to intertwine reading into social studies because it covers a momumental part of our history.  I would most definitely use this book for upper grades, most likely 6th. I feel like the reading level and content is most appropiate here. For my lower level students, I can always fit this book into where I would meet their needs. This way, they would not miss out on a first hand account of a young girl, who experienced every bit of the Holocaust. 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-01-28 15:13
The Diary of a Young Girl - B.M. Mooyaart,Eleanor Roosevelt,Anne Frank

The diary of a young girl is a book that was based of the diary of a Jewish girl that was named Anne Frank that died during world war II in a concentration camp located nearby Hannover . This book has brought me to question the human race as God has brought us to do good in this world.It just saddens me to see how being brought up with propaganda everywhere can turn such an innocent little boy into a killing machine. People salughtering each other for the sake of their beliefs, and how such a young girl's life was cut short just because of such beliefs. This book starts of with a girl named Anne Frank being delighted , receiving her first ever diary for her birthday as a present from her mother and father. She personally named it Kitty and cared for her diary as if it was her own personal friend where she can express all her feelings without being restricted and she was also hoping that her diary would be on high demand because the authorities had mentioned to the victims to preserve any documents of the war to be published in the future . She wrote daily entries on the diary and she describes vividly on how she and her family was forced out of her house into hiding as the the authorities n netherlands began to past out laws that prohibits the Jewish people to do almost anything even owning a radio ! Anne and her family were soon brought into hiding in her fathers factory that contained a secret annex that was hidden by a movable book shelf . In her diary there was a clear description on how the annex looked like and she even included a diagram of the secret annex. Living away from the outside world she was basically starting to get extremely bored as the days got by , but she was lcuky enough that there were enough reading materials in the annex that soon made her hooked to books . She began to self study on subjects such as politics , literature and language. Tensions between her and her family and the people in the annex began to rise , because she had been taking things on herself more and more harsh whilst overthinking on even the smallest matter. This had made her flare up to people in the annex even without any reason and Kitty (her diary) her only friend that she could express all her feelings to. The war raged on and day by day and a bright future was uncertain. Live continued as per normal until one fateful day on the morning of August 4 ,1944 at around ten to ten thirty in the morning a car pulled up at 263 Prinsengracht, several figures emerged an SS sergeant and around three Dutch members of the security Police all armed.They raided the whole factory and arrested everyone including Anne . They were all seperated and sent to different concentration camps . Annes's father , Otto Frank , was the only soul survivor of the whole ordeal that killed his whole family including Anne. He now lives in Birsfelden where he devotes his whole life to share the story of his daughter Anne Frank on how her life was cut short due to the war

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review 2017-10-13 16:17
The Diary of a Young Girl / Anne Frank
The Diary of a Young Girl - B.M. Mooyaart,Eleanor Roosevelt,Anne Frank

I finally got around to reading this heart-warming and heart-wrenching document.  I attempted it as a much younger person and didn’t get very far, perhaps because I was a teenager myself with my own angst to deal with. 


There’s no doubt that Anne was right about her own writing abilities.  If she had lived, I think she definitely had a chance to become a significant author.  She could have edited her own diaries to begin with and perhaps written more about the Jewish experience during WWII.


I think her father (the only surviving member of those concealed in the Annex) was a brave man to allow her journals to be published.  He and his wife do not always come out of them looking good.  However, we, as readers, are continually reminded that the people confined in this small space are bound to clash with one another repeatedly.  Imagine having no space to truly call your own, having to share cooking & food supplies, not having easy access to a toilet and not being able to flush during certain hours, and having to be quiet during the workday so as not to alert the employees working below them!  Prisoners in jails have better living conditions!


I am also impressed by the courageous Dutch folk who hid their Jewish friends and kept them supplied with the necessities of life for so long.  That’s a big commitment and they fulfilled it for two years with very few glitches (health problems for all of them sometimes made for erratic food delivery).  How many of us would have the fortitude and the bravery to attempt such a feat?


The saddest part of the book was definitely the afterword—Anne’s last entry is absolutely ordinary (in an extraordinary circumstance) and then they are betrayed and sent to concentration camps.  They had lasted so long and the end of the war was just a year away (although they had no way to know that).  I was left with the melancholy question of what might have been.

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text 2017-03-28 23:59
The Diary of a Young Girl - B.M. Mooyaart,Eleanor Roosevelt,Anne Frank

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written during the period of World War II. Anne Frank was a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl whose family fled their home to hide from the Nazis who were occupying nearby territories. Her family lived in an attic for years hiding from the Gestapo who would seize them if they were to be found. Eventually, their whereabouts were betrayed, but Anne’s diary was found in that attic where it has become a world classic in history. The book’s Lexile reading level is 1080L. This would definitely be a book read no earlier than about fifth grade. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book when I was growing up. It opened my eyes to the horrors of our world’s history, and it showed me so much more than a school textbook ever could. In my classroom, I would use this book to discuss historical events that occurred during World War II. Students would be assigned this book to read, and I would want them to complete a research project on this particular time period. Students could write an essay, create a Prezi presentation, or draw a picture book to explain events that occurred. They could complete this from different perspectives, such as that of an American soldier, a German soldier, or maybe a Jewish child or adult. I would really want my students to dive into the historical information from this time period so they could connect with the history that took place.

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review 2017-02-14 22:54
A Valentine for Anne Frank



Working at a library I am fortunate to process all the new books that have been added to our collection. I've often (humorously) complained to people that employment at a library is a detriment; work starts to get avoided when you want to read every new thing that arrives on your desk.


Our library is setting up a 'Global Education' exhibit, and one of the books featured will be 'The Diary of Anne Frank.' Like most kids I read Anne Frank in middle school, but being so young I couldn't comprehend the magnitude of the book. The new copy we received is a new edition, and of course I started to flip through it after cataloguing.


I was struck how detailed her passages were. The emotions were palpable. I had forgotten about Anne's earlier passages describing her life before confinement. There were issues with her mother, school life, and other ordinary teenage angst.


At the beginning of her hiding, Anne's tone is hopeful. It is not long before her optimism starts to deplete. Reading this on the other side felt like a slow burn. In one wrenching passage she writes about wanting to laugh, but the sheer act of it drains her energy.


Today the internet is breaking with messages or memes to people we love. Why should Anne be discounted from this? So I am going to reach out to the other side. I want to give Ms. Frank a special thanks for influencing me as a writer and a survivor.

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