Title: Anne FrankAnne Frank
Author: Laura Tyler
Illustrator: Gianni Renna
Pages: 104
Recommended Ages: 9 & up
Star Rating: ★★★★

Of all of the victims of that horror of the 1940s, the Holocaust, none is more well known than Anne Frank. Others – Corrie ten Boom and Elie Wiesel, most notably – are fairly famous, but there is a huge difference between them and Anne. That difference is this – they lived, Anne died. There is a second difference – their personal manifestoes were written after their concentration camp experiences whereas, by necessity, Anne’s was written before.

In fact, Anne’s story isn’t even about the concentration camps. It’s about the isolation and everyday dread of discovery that comes when one lives in hiding for three years in the knowledge that should she be discovered, she would be killed. And yet, her writing reflects great hope.

This biography is a much shorter, simpler, and easier read than Anne’s actual diary. Also, it focuses more on the events of Anne’s life – the sequence of action – more than the thoughts she spilled into her diary.

Anne’s own romantic experiences and explorations are left out of this biography, making it more appropriate for a younger audience than her actual diary.

Although the violences of the Nazis are not dwelt upon, their slaughter of tiny children and helpless infants is mentioned. Also brought up are the differences and arguments that occurred between everyone, family and friends alike, in the annex.

Conclusion. A fine resource for younger children.

Review © 2015 Laura Verret

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