Anne Frank

by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Hardcover, 1997





Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (1997), 32 pages


Traces the life of a Jewish girl who chronicled her day-to-day life in a diary as she hid in an attic in Nazi-occupied Holland for two years.

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LibraryThing member smdorr
This is another story of Anne Frank and her life before WWII and her life in the secret annex where she use to hide. It discusses how Anne felt during this time and you can see the different emotions she felt as a child. For example, they mention many times how she was always bored in hiding and missed her friends and her school, which is typical of a kid to say and to feel. This book also talks about the publication of her very famous diary, which I found interesting to include in this book.… (more)
LibraryThing member DayehSensei
This is the book I've been looking for-- a well-illustrated, well-researched, well-written, elementary-age appropriate book about Anne Frank. Unfortunately it appears that it is widely out of print! Needless to say, the narrative successfully explains this incredibly detailed, heartwrenching tale simply and clearly. Facts are given about Hitler and World War II, but they are minimal; Anne's relationship with Peter Van Pels is not the focus (as it often is in books geared towards adolescents), and the illustrations are bright and animated-- just as Anne was. The only disappointment was the lack of a source page; this is a disservice to young readers. While the author's note is extensive, young readers would benefit from seeing a list of sources used and additional sources to consult. Still, I would eagerly order this book and share it with students grades 3-6.… (more)
LibraryThing member BrennonJ
Very good children's book describing the well known tragedy as a story for young readers. This is written in a way that will spark questions from children without leaving the horrible image of the holocost. The illustrations are colorful and artistic and should inspire interest.
LibraryThing member Cfmichel
A story of Anne Frank's life before and during the holocaust, when she and her family are hiding out in a secret annex to avoid being captured. This moving story gives us insight into what Anne experienced through this horrible time in history.
LibraryThing member ktinney2315937
This book tells all about Anne Frank's life and how she lived during the holocaust. It tells of how her and her family lived in a secret annex to hide, and eventually others move in with them. In the end all of the people in the annex were caught and brought to concentration camps, where everyone died but Anne's father.
LibraryThing member kholec1
The story “Anne Frank” was written to inform children about the dangers of listening to someone who discriminates against other cultures. It shows how discriminating against people who are different then you can quickly turn out very badly. McDonough depicts how Anne Frank was just like any normal young girl who loved school and her friends, yet she had to go into hiding because Hitler believed that Jews were the problem for everyone’s struggles. The book allows young children to relate to Anne Frank and realize that judging people based on their cultural differences is never okay. The book also shares the idea that you should never follow the crowd. Even though most people were discriminating against Jews, a few of the Frank’s friends knew that it was wrong and helped protect them. Children need to learn that they have to realize what is the right thing to do in a situation, and not just do something because everyone else is.… (more)
LibraryThing member Sandert1
I wasn't sure how I was going to feel reading about the tragedy of Anne Frank's life in a picture book, but I found that I really appreciated the presentation of the story. The first thing I liked was that the book presented a timeline of important dates at the beginning of the book to help orient the reader, rather than have the reader try to infer his/her way throughout to the end. I found that the author handled the material well by providing basic descriptions of the events of WWII and the Holocaust that impacted Anne Frank's life. Often with my students, they are confused by the relationship between the Holocaust and WWII and I think this book would be a good place to start with basic information and the narrative of a young girl with whom they might be able to identify. The author's note at the end of the book does a good job of providing additional factional information about the residents of the secret annex, the concentration camps and her purpose for writing the book. She admits that she questioned whether to tell the story to young children but in the end explains that though racism, war and death are not easy to explain or understand, she felt there was a value to telling the story. She says that she hopes it would help in introducing the history of the holocaust to children.

On a related note, I thought the illustrator successfully achieved a balance in depicting the realities of the Nazi army and the concentration camp without delivering images that would be too much for young children to process.
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LibraryThing member ocosta1
I had mixed feelings about this book. I liked the book for a couple of reasons. One reason I liked the book was because it was told as a narrative as opposed to any other nonfiction type of book. The author told the story about the person, not just stating facts about them. The writing was also very simple for the readers to follow along. For example, the author uses a combination of short and long sentences with basic vocabulary. I also liked that this true story pushes readers to think about tough topics. The Holocaust is a topic that many children may not understand and this author tells Anne Frank's story in a way that will spark the readers' understanding, without going into extreme details that may not be quite appropriate for children.

I did not like the book for its illustrations. I personally do not think the illustrations enhance the story. The colors the reader sees are bright; pink, yellow, lime green, and sky blue are common throughout the story. They seem too happy for the story, and it could influence the reader's understanding.

The message of this story is that there is some horrible things that occur in history around the world, but, like the diary, there is always something good to get you through it.
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LibraryThing member ashleyschifano
"Anne Frank" tells the story of the young jewish girl who was forced to hid for months in the back of a building from the German Nazis. It gives many fun facts about Anne Frank that some people may not have known. This book sort of sugar coats what was really going on in Germany at the time though. This books mostly focuses on Anne Frank as a person and what she did while in hiding.

I thought this book was a good intro for students to learn about Anne Frank, because their is much more to learn in their later years. The illustrations were bright and would keep the attention of children. I could use this book in a history lesson when teaching about WWII.
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LibraryThing member Y-NhiVu
I love reading about Anne Frank. I was so excited when I found this picture book. I remember reading "Diary of Anne Frank" in the 7th grade. I think this book would be a great introduction of Anne Frank to a younger grade and hopefully they will become more interested in the life of Anne Frank or any other Holocaust stories.
LibraryThing member Skaide1
After reading this book on Anne Frank, I take this book to heart, yet have mixed feelings about it overall. Being Jewish myself, I liked the historical content presented by the author, yet find myself contemplating how soon to present this delicate topic to a young reader in particular?

I didn't like the book because of the illustrations, I felt they were a little awkward looking, and didn't match the writing at all. I can't say I disliked the writing because it is all truth, how many different styles can you use to present that, or at least in this case, of the truth of Anne Frank?

I liked the book because of some of it's features. It had a section with a timeline of important dates pertaining to history, so the reader can better relate it to the time of Anne Frank. I also liked that it had an author's note at the end, yet he explained his reasoning for writing a book of such content to a young population.

Overall the main message of this book is to explain the period in history where Hitler and the Nazi's ruled, and how we should remember those who died for who they were and what they did, and that the Holocaust is never to be forgotten.
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LibraryThing member ckenne17
I enjoyed this book because it told the story of Anne Frank in a way that children would be interested in reading this story. This book would be a great story to read at the beginning of a unit about the holocaust or about the differences between now and then. I also enjoyed the language. The author made the language very descriptive and understandable. For example, "Another favorite thing was the little red-and-white-checked diary she got from her parents as a thirteenth-birthday present." Soon you realize that this is the diary that has been published into this story. One thing I did not like about this book are the illustrations. They were colorful but I thought they were sort of boring. I don't think the children would find any interested in these illustrations. The big idea of this story is courage. People were amazed by Anne Frank's story and she is still an inspiration today.… (more)


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Physical description

32 p.; 9.46 inches


080504924X / 9780805049244


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