Add your rating See all 87 kid reviews. This stirring World War II novel personalizes the story of Denmark's heroic rescue of its Jews from the Nazis, telling of a brave ten-year-old Danish girl who helps her family smuggle her Jewish friends to safety in Sweden. Continue reading Show less Is it any good? In quick strokes, Lowry establishes the setting and characters and foreshadows Annemarie's subsequent encounters with soldiers, each of which increases the tension.
Annemarie has a 5-year-old sister named Kirsti. There are Nazis on every street corner in Copenhagen. Butter, sugar, coffee, cigarettes and other goods are unavailable. Electricity and many other things have been rationed.
After an encounter with two German soldiers, Annemarie and Ellen are much more careful. At the synagogue, the Nazis have taken the names and addresses of all the Jewish people in Copenhagen.
Ellen and her family are Jewish. Ellen must stay with the Johansens, pretending to be Lise, even though she is half the age of the real Lise. If the soldiers had seen it, they would have known Ellen was a Jew. Luckily, Lise had brown hair as an infant. Johansen shows the Nazis a picture of baby Lise, and they leave.
Before they had gone to his house, Mr. Johansen had spoken in code to Henrik. When they get there, Henrik seems like his ordinary self. A huge casket is placed in the middle of the living room.
Annemarie knows that there is no Aunt Birte, but learns from her uncle that it is easier to be brave if you do not know something, so she does not tell Ellen the truth about her "aunt".
Nazis come to the house and see all the people and start questioning the family. They explain that Great-Aunt Birte has died, and they are carrying out traditional rituals. The Nazis order the casket opened, and Mrs.
She says that Great-Aunt Birte had typhus, a very contagious and dangerous disease, or so the doctor said. She goes to the casket to open it, but one of the soldiers slaps her and says they can open it when the soldiers leave.
After they leave, the wake continues. Peter, who is present, reads the beginning of Psalm from the Bible to the group, recounting the Lord God numbering the stars.
As the psalm is not familiar to Annemarie, her thoughts begin to wander. She wonders how it is possible to number the stars in the sky, and remembers Ellen saying that her mother is afraid of the ocean, because her mother thinks it is cold and cruel.
Annemarie thinks that the night sky and the world are also cold and cruel. Peter opens the casket and gives the warm clothing and blankets concealed within it to the Jewish families. They depart in smaller groups to avoid attracting attention.Number the Stars is a historical novel set in Denmark during World War rutadeltambor.com has written the novel in third person ("He says," as opposed to, "I said," which is first person), using a limited omniscient viewpoint (only Annemarie's thoughts and feelings are revealed).
The second of the books that we listened to on my recent multi-generational, girls road-trip, was 'Number the Stars'.
I could not have chosen better. This story was suspenseful, educational and deeply emotional. With an age range of 5 years-old to 88 years-old in the car, this book managed to hold /5. Number the Stars [Lois Lowry] on To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Download to your computer.
Mac ; Windows 8, 8 RT and Modern UI This was an awesome and educational choice. Out of 4 book report assignments, this one was her favorite read, mine too. It was especially interesting reading the Afterward, learning /5(K). Test your knowledge of Number the Stars with our quizzes and study questions, or go further with essays on the context and background and links to the best resources around the web.
Context Full Book . The book concludes two years later, as World War II is ending. Peter has been discovered as a Resistance worker and killed by the Nazis.
But in a moment of hope, Annemarie knows that her best friend will finally be able to come back home—and she has her necklace waiting for her. Number the Stars is told from the point of view of ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen.
The story is set in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark in September , the third year of the Nazi occupation of Denmark. Annemarie and her best friend Ellen, who is Jewish, are stopped by soldiers on their way home.