Book #5: Number the Stars

I try to take on WWII books at a slow pace so I don’t overwhelm myself.  A few years ago I read The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and then I needed a break.  But my thirteen-year-old is studying WWII (more books on that topic to come while we work our way through them) and recommended Number the Stars by Lois Lowry for me to read.  I read it aloud to my ten-year-old daughter and we both loved it.

It’s a story of amazing courage.  Denmark’s history during WWII is pretty fascinating, and what the people did there to save the Jews and get them across the ocean into Sweden was heroic.  From ten-year-old Annemarie’s point of view, we get a child’s perspective on the events that unfold.  It’s a great balance of the innocence of a child and also knowing how high the stakes are.

I thought it was a wonderful book and then Lowry gave one last little treat at the end.  She told about the history of this period of time and who she was inspired by and that just got me.  I started to cry and couldn’t stop.  I might also have a cold and be sleep-deprived, but I know myself and great selflessness and courage are traits that touch me deeply.  It is what I aspire to be and this book showed me an example of it.

Goodreads Rating: five stars




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