Don't Forget

by Pat Lakin

Other authorsTed Rand (Illustrator)
Book, 1994

Barcode

123457843

Call number

E 736 RAN

Collection

Publication

New York : Tambourine Books, c1994.

Description

While buying the ingredients for her first cake--a surprise for her mother's birthday--Sarah shares secrets with the friendly neighborhood shopkeepeers, especially with the Singers, who have blue numbers on their arms.

User reviews

LibraryThing member VerrillC
This book could be used for the older grades. It can be used to teach about the Jews and how they were treated. (Although not go into too much detail.) It can also be used for a more happy topic: to talk about recipes or give an example of a dedication for a student who is writing a book.
LibraryThing member rwalsh06
This is a story of a little girl who is going to bake a cake for her mothers birthday. As she goes out on the town getting the things she needs she is reminded of how the Jews were treated in the past
LibraryThing member BriaCoogle
Don’t forget is a historical book about a young girl named Sarah who wants to bake a cake for her mom’s birthday but in order to do so she must go to the Singer’s store to get ingredients, the only problem is the Singer’s have a secret that makes Sarah not want to go to their store, the
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blue numbers on their arm. Written about post World War II, this book provides interesting insight into this time and gives us a good message about not judging someone on their past. I didn’t like this book that much though. There is really one main reason why I didn’t like it and that is the lack of historical information in the book. Though I thought it was a good concept and a good storyline, I feel the book fell very flat when it came to providing information or historical context. I feel the book was not very thought provoking and didn’t provide enough information or insight into that current time. For example when Sarah finds out that the Singer’s saw her staring at the blue numbers on their arms she apologizes, this is when, I as the reader, thought some historical information would come in and the author would explain that time period and what exactly the numbers are but instead the author just has Mrs. Singer say that they aren’t a secret and to not forget. The author then goes on to have the characters talk about the cake. This I feel is where the book fell flat and if I was reading this with no knowledge of the Holocaust I would be very confused as to what those numbers were and what bad thing happened. Though I do understand that the author’s main purpose was to convey that you should overcome stereotypes and get to know people and this can be seen by how the book ends with Sarah baking the cake at the Singer’s and saying don’t forget. I feel it took away from the historical aspect of the book.
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Original publication date

1994

ISBN

068812075X / 9780688120757
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