Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
The Yellow Star

The Yellow Star

Fall 2000 Picture Books
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Author: Carmen Agra Deedy
Illustrator: Henri Sorensen
ISBN: 1-5614-5208-4
Hardcover Price: $16.95
Handsome double-page illustrations of Copenhagen and its residents during the Nazi-Occupation of World War II draw us into the events of a terrible time. We meet King Christian as he rides on horseback along the streets. We are with him in his office when he defies the Nazis order to fly their flag over his palace. When the edict comes that “All Jews must sew onto their clothing a yellow star,” the king himself is reputed to have sewn a star on his own jacket. No one can actually corroborate this action by the King, yet it is known that no Jews within Denmark were forced to wear the yellow star, and more than 7,000 Danish Jews were smuggled to safety in Sweden during the war. The King’s defiance was known throughout Europe and, factually true or legend, the story merits this straightforward retelling.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2000 Parents' Choice

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