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Rose Blanche Hardcover – September 1, 1985

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From Publishers Weekly

Singling out the "astounding" paintings, PW called this WWII tale of a German girl who discovers the horrors of a concentration camp "a stunning book and a forceful argument for peace." All ages.
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Grade 5 Up During World War II, a young German schoolgirl, Rose Blanche, follows the soldiers when they arrest a boy and discovers a concentration camp in the woods. Thereafter , she takes food to the prisoners until the town is liberated. Ironically, when she travels to the camp on that day she is shot by the soldiers. The oppression of Fascism is shown through the powerful and realistic paintings. In Innocenti's large, meticulously detailed paintings, Rose Blanche is the only brightly colored individual, and her small figure is set against the drab colors of overwhelming buildings and masses of soldiers and townspeople. No skyline is shown until a radiant spring bursts forth at the site of her death after the liberation. Although the story is simply told, it will require interpretation as details such as the concentration camp are not named nor explained, and the death of Rose Blanche is implied but not stated. This is a difficult book to classify, as the text is easy enough for a young child to read alone, and it has the appearance of a picture bookbut the content of the text and illustrations is full of emotional impact and subtlety. Takashima's A Child in Prison Camp (Tundra, 1971) and Maruki's Hiroshima No Pika (Lothrop, 1982) present the horrors of war, but from the perspective of a child who survives, whereas in Gallaz' book, the child does not survive and is not the recounter of the events. The Children We Remember (Kar-Ben Copies, 1983) by Abells is an easier book for children to understand. Rose Blanche tells of an individual's courage in the face of injustice, but this theme is more fully developed in Orlev's novel The Island on Bird Street (Houghton, 1984). Lorraine Douglas, Winnipeg Public Library, Manitoba, Canada
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Editions; Reprint edition (September 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568461895
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568461892
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Congratulations! You have successfully located the best translation of the book "Rose Blanche" available on the market today. While the British and German translations may change significant portions of this tale around and about, the American version (all thanks to hard work of excellent translators Martha Coventry and Richard Graglia) is true to authors Gallaz and Innocenti's original plot and vision. So well done you! Give yourself a pat on the back and a hanky. You'll need it after you finish reading the book.

It's Germany during World War II. As we watch, our little heroine, Rose Blanche, describes the early days of the war. The soldiers are being packed up and shipped away and everyone is cheering them on. Swastikas are plentiful. One day, Rose sees a small boy escape from a van in the middle of the street. The boy is quickly caught and placed within the cramped van once again. Curious, Rose Blanche follows the van to the edge of town and into the forest. There she comes face to face with the children of a concentration camp. After offering them some of her food, the first person narrative abruptly begins to be told in the third person instead. We are told that Rose Blanche continued to bring food to the hungry children. Finally, the citizens of the town flee, wounded soldiers amongst them. Rather than escaping, Rose Blanche makes one last trip to the camp, only to find it empty. A single shot rings out and we see the Communist soldiers filling the now abandoned town. The book ends with, "Rose Blanche's mother waited a long time for her little girl". Flowers bloom, but the single purple bloom the girl placed on the barbed wire has wilted.

Tragedy in the key of E.
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I was introduced to the holocaust in the 1960s as a military brat on a field trip to Dachau, Germany. I was 12. It gave me nightmares for months. It still affects me at 45. The original site has been cleaned up for tourists now (thank goodness). This book was given to me by a professor in my Reading Class at JMU. It is a very delicate response to a very intensely controvertial issue in world history. It can be treated lightly or on a deeper level for Kindergarten through 3rd grade students. No matter what the emphasis, treat it with great respect..... it has a deep impact on some children. It is a beautifully illustrated version of a very ugly issue of this world's humanity. Read it, but use with great care in a classroom. It's very potent.
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Format: Paperback
I was first introduced to this book in 6th grade, by my teacher. I am now a freshman in college, and i'm using it in a presentation about the Holocaust. The fact that this book has stayed in my memory for such a long time should give you an idea about the impact it has on readers. From the perspective of a student, I highly recommend this book to teachers everywhere. Its a book you'll never forget.
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Is it just me, or does this story seem overrated? I liked the lesson it teaches about integrity and helping those who are in need, especially when you put yourself at risk to do so. But in the end, her death seems accidental, like she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. It seems to miss the point of what to teach kids about the Holocaust. Shouldn't readers be invested in what happens to the prisoners? All these people die, brutally, but we're supposed to gloss over that and mourn for a little girl who was not, strictly speaking, a deliberate victim of the Nazis. It might be just a little too simple and, I fear, would give kids the wrong impression of life during the Holocaust and how the Nazis victimized people. I will admit, however, that introducing younger kids to such a big and serious topic needs to be done delicately. I just worry about starting them off with inaccuracy.
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This book was about a young girl that lived during the times of the holocaust. Rose Blanche was out one day and stumbled upon a concentration and she was young so she didn't really know what was going on. She saw children that were around her age who were all skin and bones. She decided that she would bring them food everyday. ....
I liked this book because it is a book that tells about the times of the holocaust. It tells how Rose didn't really know much about what was going on because she was so young. She saw the troops in her town and everything but she didn't realize the terrible things that were happening to people. This is a book that really tells how children felt back then during those times.
Through this book it seems that the author is trying to get across the feelings of children during those times. They didn't really know the extent of what was going on. All Rose knew was that the children she saw in those concentration camps were starving and that she wanted to help them.
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By A Customer on December 27, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This beautiful picture book will help make the Holocaust accessible to very young readers. Rose Blanche is a deeply moving story that will affect nearly all who read it. The detailed illustrations are drawn from a perspective that gives the reader a sense of security whilst offering a vivid view of the fate of others not so secure. Because this story is an allegory, it can be appreciated by readers of many ages. On one level, this is simply the story of one girl, Rose Blanche, finding out for herself what is happening to her countrymen and trying to help. On another level, Rose Blanche stands for all who helped the Jews, even though to do so meant certain death for the rescuers. This quiet book inspires courage.
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