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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 2016-06-10 00:00
The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition
The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition - Mirjam Pressler,Susan Massotty,Otto Frank,Anne Frank I read this book as part of Dead Writers Society Literary Birthday Challenge for 2016. I selected this one, and three other books because I feel like I have been slacking lately on my challenges on Goodreads. I first read version b of The Diary of a Young Girl when I was a teenager. I recall being sad and upset that someone that felt so alive to me was taken away and murdered. Reading about World War II and the Holocaust as a teen, I remember feeling sick. I can't imagine the atrocities that people had to live through. I read "Night" a few months ago and that book devastated me for days.

I feel very weird not giving this book five stars but here is my reasoning. Although I loved the historical aspect of this memoir/diary, I thought the whole thing started to read a bit samey after the first 50 pages or so.

That said, I love that as readers we get to see an in depth look of a 13 year old girl who had her whole life turned upside down because she was Jewish.

Because she was Jewish, she, her family, and others had to go into hiding with fear that they would be discovered which would mean the Nazis would find them, round them up, and send them to concentration camps where they knew they would surely be killed. I can't imagine living with that terror day in an day out.

I am fascinated that I had no idea for years that the version of this memoir I read decades ago had been edited. In my version, I don't recall any angst by Anne. I don't recall her having any fights with her mother or sister or any of the other occupants of the Annex where they all remained hidden for two years. I just remember thinking she sounded like a sweet girl who still saw the best in people and hoped to one day be allowed to go outside again. The definitive edition gives you the real Anne Frank. A 13 year old girl that at times was self centered, mean spirited, and moody. She felt more real to me in this version than she did in the version I had read decades ago.

Heck, I can see why she was moody. To be locked inside for two years, to have no privacy, to have to set up times for people to nap and study. To do all of that for two years would have left me bad tempered and ready to yell at anyone who breathed on me wrong too.

The ending though I knew what was coming was sad.
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review 2016-05-04 00:00
The Diary of a Young Girl
The Diary of a Young Girl - B.M. Mooyaart,Eleanor Roosevelt,Anne Frank Near the end of the novel, she becomes very insightful. Honestly, for the most part, this felt like exactly what it was - a diary of a young girl. She'd mention all the things they had to suffer through in that attic, and I'd remember that they were events that really happened, and I'd be horrified that people thought it a good idea to make all of these innocent people suffer for something they could not even control. Anyway, since it was written by a young girl, the writing is a bit dull, but I have no doubt that had she survived, she would have become a wonderful author or journalist.
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review 2016-03-18 00:37
The Diary of a Young Girl - B.M. Mooyaart,Eleanor Roosevelt,Anne Frank

The story of Anne Frank should be read in fifth grade.  It teaches history lessons about WW2 and teaches the important of family.  This is a different type of story because it is read by reading journal entries that Anne Frank actually wrote while she was isolated in an attic as a Jewish refugee in Nazi occupied Europe.  

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text 2016-03-05 15:15
Book Tag- The Fifty Bookish Questions

I came across this tag on My Little Book Blog

I have linked each book I mentioned to their GoodReads page so you can check them out yourself!

 

1.) What was the last book you read?

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen

 

2.) Was it a good one?

It wasn't for me

 

3.) What made it good?

Well, I liked the idea of  the underground compound setting in the aftermath of a nuclear war. 

 

4.) Would you recommend it to other people?

It's not my go to recommendation

 

5.) How often do you read? 

Mostly everyday!

 

6.) Do you like to read?

I LOVE reading

 

7.) What was the last bad book you read?

The last absolutely horrible book I read was Storm by Donna Jo Napoli

 

8.) What made you dislike it?

I had really high hopes for it. Its a Noah's Ark retelling and I just could not get into the writing or any of the characters.

 

9.) Do you wish to be a writer?

Its something I have thought about, but then I think I have too many books to read to write my own. But sometimes i'll get a creative moment. 

 

10.) Has any book ever influenced you greatly?

Many, but only one comes to mind. By the Time You Read This I'll Be Dead by Julie Ann Peters Its about a girl who wants to commit suicide because of the way she is bullied. I read this when I was in high school and I think that's why it had an impact on me.

 

11.) Do you read fan fiction?

No

 

12.) Do you write fan fiction?

Negative

 

13.) What's your favorite book?

It changes. So far this year it's Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson The first in a trilogy. It made me want to travel. And its historical fiction!

 

14.) What's your least favorite book?

I know I have some but nothing comes to mind

 

15.) Do you prefer physical books or to read on a device (like kindle)?

Definitely physical books

 

16.) When did you learn to read?

Whatever age you normally learn to read at.

 

17.) What was your favorite book you had to read in school?

By far, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

 

18.) What is your favorite book series?

Always and forever, The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

19.) Who is your favorite author?

I cant pick

 

20.) What is your favorite genre?

I would have to say YA (and the branches that spring from that) and historical fiction. 

 

21.) Who is your favorite character in a book series?

At the moment, Lee Westfall from Walk on Earth a Stranger

 

22.) Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?

Every one.

 

23.) Wish book do you wish had a sequel?

I Think im going with Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

 

24.) Which book do you wish didnt have a sequel?

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen

 

25.) How long does it take you to read a book?

Anywhere from two days to literally forever

 

26.) Do you like when books become movies?

yes, if I actually read it

 

27.) Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?

I dont think any that I have seen

 

28.) Which movie has done a book justice?

cant say

 

29.) Do you read newspaper

I think I have only read one newspaper. I bought it from a flea market and its from 1942

 

30.) Do you read magazines?

I like them, but not usually

 

31.) Do you prefer newspaper or magazines?

Magazines

 

32.) Do you read while in bed?

Thats where most of my reading is done

 

33.) Do you read while on the toilet? 

Im not going to say I never have.

 

34.) Do you read while in the car?

Yes but not often

 

35.) Do you read while in the bath

Id love to, but I dont have that kind of set up

 

36.) Are you a fast reader?

yes

 

37.) Are you a slow reader?

no

 

38.) What is your favorite place to read?

Anywhere that it is sunny, warm, and has natural lighting.

 

39.) Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?

not usually

 

40.) Do you need a room to be silent while you read?

Id prefer it, but not necessary. 

 

41.) Who gave you your love for reading?

Im not sure, I think my grandmother.

 

42.) What book is next on your list to read?

Sounds funny but, I bought it while in a Disney World gift shop. Disney After Dark by Ridley Pearson

 

43.) When did you start to read chapter books?

Whatever age you normally do

 

44.) Who is your favorite children's book author?

Barbra Park for sure

 

45.) Which author would you most want to interview?

Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

46.) Which author do you think you'd be friends with?

no idea

 

47.) What books have you reread the most?

I don't reread

 

48.) Which books do you consider "classics"?

I tend to refer to my childhood favorites as classics

 

49.) Which books do you think should be taught in every school?

Nothing in particular, but ones that make you reflect on your life or the world.

 

50.) Which books should be banned from all schools?

Nothing I can think of

 

And that's it! If you read through all of my answers I tag and thank you! 

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