Star of Fear, Star of Hope

by Jo Hoestlandt

Other authorsMark Polizzotti, Johanna Kang (Ill)
Book, 1995

Barcode

123460567

Call number

E 736 HOE

Collection

Publication

New York : Scholastic, 1995

Description

Nine-year-old Helen is confused by the disappearance of her Jewish friend during the German occupation of Paris.

User reviews

LibraryThing member conuly
I can't think of a time in my life when I *didn't* know about the Holocaust.

There must have been such a time, nobody takes their three year old kid and one day decides to tell them of horrific things, but I can't recall it.

My nieces are 5 and 2.5, and the older one is right about the time when she
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should be learning about serious subjects.

This is, I think, a good introduction to what is a very serious subject indeed.

The reality of the Holocaust isn't diluted, but it's told at a level that's appropriate for small children - losing a friend and lifelong regret, and you know she didn't survive, but that's not spelled out.

Whenever you decide it's appropriate to start talking to your kids about this sort of subject, consider this book.
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LibraryThing member meallen1
This book is a historical fiction book that was set during the time period of when the nazi's killed the jews. The art in this book is all hand drawn and it looks like it is done with watercolors. The book is about two little girls who are best friends. One is a jew and one is not. One night the
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girls had a sleepover, but they got word of people getting arrested so the little girl who was a jew had to go home. The other little girl was very mad and said she never wanted to see her again, but the said part is she never did see her. The little girl and her family were arrested the next morning. The reading level is fourth or fifth grade. The curricular connection is history. It would be a great book to read to the class when we talk about the Nazi's invading Europe.
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LibraryThing member Bbanach
This book is about a young girl living in France in the time of the Holocaust. She has a Jew for a best friend and she does not understand why her friend must wear a yellow star on her coat. They start to round up all the Jews so her friend goes home to warn her parents.

I think this book tells a
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different side to a very old historical time. It really lets you understand what happened in the time of the Holocaust between two young children. You don't normally find a book that tells this side of the story.

In the classroom you could have a history lesson about World War 2 and what went on in that time. You could have a math lesson to show how long ago that time was from now.
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LibraryThing member lleighton05
Critique
Genre: This is a good example of a historical fiction book because it is a fictional story about Helen and her friend, but it is realistic during the early 1940's in France. It helps the reader to try to understand and experience the past. The theme of saying mean things and then never
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seeing that person again (regretting) was a very common theme during that time.
Setting: The setting is crucial to this story because it is set in the early 1940's when northern France was being invaded by the German army. The setting is explained in the beginning so that the reader understands that it is vital to the events that occur. The setting helps the story to be historical fiction.
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LibraryThing member STBA
Nine-year-old Helen is confused by the disappearance of her Jewish friend during the German occupation of Paris.
LibraryThing member carriedold
An amazing story. This story can be cherished by both children and adults. This book always touches my heart. A great story to introduce the holocaust or one during a holocaust unit.
LibraryThing member JanaRose1
In 1942, in Nazi-occupied France, Helen invites her best friend, Lydia for a sleep over. During the night, strangers tap on the door, calling out strange passwords. Word reaches the family that Jews are being rounded-up and arrested. Lydia, fearing for her family, rushes home. Upset, Helen says
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"You're not my friend anymore!" Sadly, she never sees Lydia again. For the rest of her life, Helen regrets the last words spoken between them, and hopes "with all my heart" that Lydia has survived.

This is a powerfully written book. One that reminds us of the importance of friendship and partings. It also is a good starting point for discussions regarding the Holocaust, without providing the gory and horrific details. Overall, I highly recommend this book.
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LibraryThing member eleanor.robbins
I think Star of fear, Star of Hope is a great way to show what happened in WW2 from a childs view. I think that it doesn't give students the whole picture of what happened but it could be a good way to introduce the topic of WW2.
LibraryThing member Sullywriter
Subtle, poignant, and powerful.
LibraryThing member danielleburry
a story of two young friends, Helen and Lydia, who live in France during the time of Nazi occupation. The girls are young, fearless and unaware of the danger in the world, until Lydia and her family are required to wear the Star of David and every other Jew must wear it as well. The girls remain
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faithful friends and innocent to troubles until one night they encounter Jewish people who are trying to escape their nightmarish future. That same night, Lydia must go home to be with her parents; that was the last Helen ever saw her dearest friend, Lydia. This is definitely a great book to utilize while talking about the Holocaust and introduce this history behind it.
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LibraryThing member mrindt
Nine-year-old Helen is confused by the disappearance of her Jewish friend during the German occupation of Paris. A story of two young friends, Helen and Lydia, who live in France during the time of Nazi occupation. The girls are young, fearless and unaware of the danger in the world, until Lydia
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and her family are required to wear the Star of David and every other Jew must wear it as well. The girls remain faithful friends and innocent to troubles until one night they encounter Jewish people who are trying to escape their nightmarish future.
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Original language

French

ISBN

059086467X / 9780590864671

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