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Uppose you found to your complete surprise that your own father was one of those peopleThat is what happened to Anna in 1933 She was nine years old when it began too busy with her schoolwork and toboganning to take much notice of political posters but out of them glared the face of Adolf Hitler the man who would soon change the whole of Eu I reread this childhood favourite as a buddy read with Lisa Vegan This was a wonderful book to read as a buddy read so much happening in short chapters made it really enjoyable to discuss each day after readingThis is a very readable book ideal as a read aloud or reading to yourself Interesting for any age to read and a very interesting book for children as we experience the start of war through 10yr old Anna s eyes There are two parts of the book each only a paragraph long that aren t suitable for young children as they are disturbing these were easy enough to leave out as a read aloud which I did when I read to my daughter when she was 2yrs old and once when she was 5After the family escapes from Berlin we follow them to several new starts in different countries It was so interesting to experience this with the children whose experiences were largely positive it was fun hearing about the different customs food friends and clothes It s a great slice of life book I love books like this that use everyday detail to help you experience life in that place and timeThere are lovely illustrations at the top of the start of each chapter in Judith s distinctive style Although the book comes to an end in some ways view spoiler they reach England and therefore a country that will finally be a safe place from the nazis hide spoiler

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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Partly autobiographical this is first of the internationally acclaimed trilogy by Judith Kerr telling the unforgettable story of a Jewish family fleeing from Germany at the start of the Second World WarSuppose your country began to change Suppose that without your noticing it became dangerous for some people to live in Germany any longer S What a beautiful story When I started reading the book I expected another sorrowful account of the worst time in history but in the end I closed the book with a smile on my face and the thought that everybody should read this book to be encouraged to deal with change in a new way Me included Anna tells the story the odyssey her family is forced to undertake in 1933 when Hitler grasps power in Germany and her family has to leave Berlin in a hurry being Jewish and politically active against the Nazis They move first to Switzerland then Paris and finally to England Anna reflects on how she and her brother adjust to the different environments they encounter how they struggle with different school systems and languages My favourite part is when she almost gives up learning to speak French and then suddenly realises she can do it When the family moves on to England she has new confidence in her ability to adapt and she starts out with the knowledge that she might not be able to understand a word right now but if she gives it a couple of months she will talk without any difficulty In a globalised world that is a necessary attitudeAnother charm of the book is the child s perspective of historical events When Anna and her brother hear that the Nazis have taken all their belongings in Germany they imagine Hitler playing with their board game collection and the stuffed pink rabbit Anna had to leave behind Hitler s presence in their lives is personal and direct they can t understand the actual happenings Anna has a nightmare when she hears that the Nazis have put a prize on her father s head She literally dreams that coins are falling down threatening to crush him A perfect class novel to deal with human migration change language difficulties history and family life in general

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Rope – starting with her own small lifeAnna suddenly found things moving too fast for her to understand One day her father was unaccountably missing Then she herself and her brother Max were being rushed by their mother in alarming secrecy away from everything they knew – home and schoolmates and well loved toys – right out of German When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit is a book for kids and teenagers I know that many friends of mine had to read it in school but for some reason I never had to Nevertheless I always thought that it is an important novel that I should have read Thus last year I bought it but then forgot about it again Last week when I was in bed sick with the flu I was going through the books in my shelf I have not read yet and there it was and grabbed my attention I started reading it in the morning and read it in one day even though I had to take breaks because I couldn t concentrate any due to my illnessBeing German I was always interested in the past of my home country even though the history of Germany is so cruel and sad But especially because it is like that I think that it is really important to educate our kids about this dreadful part of our history and to explain why things have happened and how they could have been avoided in order to make sure that something like this will never happen again In Germany this is done very well in school and after reading this novel I can see why many people read it during their school timeJudith Kerr did a fantastic job describing this part of the German history from the view of a Jewish family escaping from Nazi Germany She finds a way of explaining things in a kids and teenager friendly way as well as delivering a story that is entertaining and nice to read In some parts it is even funny and the reader forgets about the terrible things that have happened at the same time The story is based on her real life and describes how she and her family escape from Germany first to Switzerland then to France and finally to Britain It shows a young girl growing up under extremely difficult circumstances She needs to adapt to new countries new surroundings new people and even difficult to new languages over and over again But while all this is happening the only thing that matters to her is that her family stays together She manages all problems no matter how hard situations may appear This is something everybody should see as a role model because it can even help nowadays The story shows that no matter how difficult life can be there is always something that matters than money or valuables and that are the people surrounding youWhen Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit is a story that gives hope and perfectly explains the most important bits of history of the Nazi time The book can be read by young and old eually In the end I felt as if I was part of this little family who just wanted to live a normal life together somewhere without having to fear for their lives The family does not even feel at home anywhere because their home was taken away from them and at the end they are still on the run but I like how even this horrible situation is turned into something positive by the father in the end We ll belong a little in lots of places and I think that may be just as good They always kept their chins up and eventually they got out of their situation even stronger than before and that is something I consider as the most important message of this novelThanks to Judith Kerr for sharing her own experiences and for enriching us with this great bookRead of my reviews here


10 thoughts on “When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

  1. says:

    What a beautiful story When I started reading the book I expected another sorrowful account of the worst time in history but in the end I closed the book with a smile on my face and the thought that everybody should read this book to be encouraged to deal with change in a new way Me included Anna tells the story the odyssey her family is forced to undertake in 1933 when Hitler grasps power in Germany and her family has to leave

  2. says:

    My teacher read this to our class when I was about 10 and the name stuck with me along with a memory of waiting impatiently for the next installment each day Finally when trying to think of a different book to read to my o

  3. says:

    I read this as a buddy read with Goodreads friend Hilary for the first time; it wasn’t her first time I’m so grateful she told me how much she loved the book when she was a child and finally inspired me to get it off my to read shelf It was a great book to buddy read There was so much to discuss and it was so much fun We were flexible ea

  4. says:

    I reread this childhood favourite as a buddy read with Lisa Vegan This was a wonderful book to read as a buddy read so much happening in short c

  5. says:

    Thurs May 23rd 2019This is one of my all time favourite books from my childhood I borrowed it countless times from the library as a child and remember being ecstatic when Santa surprised me one year with my very own copy It's just been announced this morning that the author Judith Kerr died yesterday after a short illness I will forever hold her and her brilliant books in a special place in my heart RIP Judith

  6. says:

    For me one of the most important things to realise if one wishes to read Judith Kerr's When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit is that her semi autobiographical children's novel is in my humble opinion NOT an account of the Holocaust but rather a story of how when and immediately after the National Socialists gain power in 1933 Germany the first individuals to really feel the wrath and hatred of Adolf Hitler and his ilk are genera

  7. says:

    WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT is semi autobiographical as it is based on the true life story of author Judith Kerr Her family fled Germany just before Hitler came to power because her father was a well known writ

  8. says:

    When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit is a book for kids and teenagers I know that many friends of mine had to read it in school but for some reason I never had to Nevertheless I always thought that it is an important novel that I should have read Thus last year I bought it but then forgot about it again Last week when I was in bed sick with the flu I was going through the books in my shelf I have not read yet and there it was

  9. says:

    I absolutely adored this book and gave it full stars mainly after watching the Judith Kerr documentarydocumentary What I appreciate now is the naivety with which many children saw the danger of war through Anna is excited about leaving the country and become a refugee in Switzerland France and the UK and this innocent igno

  10. says:

    It comes as no surprise to discover that this outstanding British children's novel which chronicles the childhood experiences of a young German Jewish girl named Anna whose family must flee their comfortable home shortly before the 19

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