While The Diary of Anne Frank is an important part of any school curriculum, it is a demanding read for many students. For younger readers, this book provides a solid introduction to Anne’s life and the forces that slowly constrained and then destroyed it. The emphasis is on Anne as a normal girl who was forced to live an abnormal life in hiding because of Nazi rule. Simple writing with comments directed to the reader and photographs generously interspersed throughout the text hold attention; a pronunciation guide and glossary aid comprehension. Sometimes the history gets a bit lost—students might be left wondering about the identity of the Axis countries, for instance—but this is a book about the life and times of one special person and the impact of the diary she kept. To further emphasize this point, reference is made to the diaries kept by other young people during the Holocaust, a possible point for further research. Grades 2-4. --Edie Ching
About the Author
ALEXANDRA ZAPRUDER is a writer and editor based in the Washington, D.C. area. She is the author of Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust
(Yale University Press, 2002), which won the National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category in 2002. She co-authored Nazi Ideology and the Holocaust
(U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2006) and edited the forthcoming Diary of Rywka Lipczyc
. She also wrote and co-produced the documentary film I'm Still Here: Real Diaries of Teenagers Who Lived During the Holocaust,
which aired on MTV in 2005 and was nominated for two Emmy awards.