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Anna is not sure who Hitler is, but she sees his face on posters all over Berlin. Then one morning, Anna and her brother awake to find her father gone Her mother explains that their father has had to leave and soon they will secretly join him. Anna just doesnat understand. Why do their parents keep insisting that Germany is no longer safe for Jews like them? Because of Hitler, Anna must leave everything behind. Based on the gripping real-life story of the author, this poignant backlist staple gets a brandnew look for a new generation of readers just in time for Holocaust Remembrance Month.
This was one of my favourites when I was 12. I just bought it for my 12 year old and, despite her not being much of a reader - she is devouring this book. It is very real and excellent account of Jews during WWII - yet not too scary for a pre-teen. Love the story how it follows the main characters understanding as a child what it meant to have to flee their country and basically be refugees. Very important lessons on what is important, family, history - Judith Kerr writes about something terrible but in a light and happy way.
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
"An engrossing autobiographical novel." School Library Journal, starred review "This book is an exploration of family solidarity in a time of personal crisis. An engrossing and sensitive narrative." --Horn Book
"Anna does not really understand why her family leavs Germany . . . but during the next three years in Switzerland, France, and England she learns from firsthand experience what it is like to be a refugee. . . The narrative is absorbing and believalbe." --Booklist
An ALA Notable Book
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Choice Book
A Horn Book Fanfare Title
A Library of Congress Best Children's Book
ISBN: 9780142414088 ISBN-10: 0142414085 Audience:
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old For Grades: 4 - 6 Format:
Number Of Pages: 191 Published: 22nd January 2009 Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 12.7
Weight (kg): 0.16
About the Author
'Judith Kerr ' was born on 14 June 1923 in Berlin but escaped from Hitler's Germany with her parents and brother in 1933 when she was nine years old. Her father was a drama critic and a distinguished writer whose books were burned by the Nazis. The family passed through Switzerland and France before arriving finally in England in 1936. Judith went to eleven different schools, worked in the Red Cross during the war, and won a scholarship to the Central School of Arts and Crafts in 1945. Since then she has worked as an artist, a BBC television scriptwriter and, for the past thirty years, as author and illustrator of children's books.
Her three autobiographical novels are based on her early wandering years (which against all the odds she greatly enjoyed), her adolescence in London during the war, and finally on a brief return to Berlin as a young married woman. The stories have been internationally acclaimed and, to the author's considerable satisfaction, have done particularly well in Germany where they are sometimes used as an easy introduction to a difficult period of Germany history.
Judith has a daughter who is a designer and a son who is a novelist. She lives in London.