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Rose Blanche Hardcover – Picture Book, September 1, 1985
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From Creator Roberto Innocenti
“I was a little child when the war passed in front of my door. One day, two very young German soldiers, wearing gray uniforms, came to our house and begged us to hide them. They probably weren’t even eighteen years old. They wanted to surrender to the English troops. And they kept repeating, ‘Stop the war.’ We were hiding them in the basement when we saw a German truck passing by, taking away a family. The mother was holding a tiny baby wrapped in a pink blanket.
“My father did not want to answer my questions, but I knew then that something terrible was happening.
“When the allied troops arrived, the two German soldiers left with them. I received my first piece of white bread from the hand of a black American soldier.”
“In this book I wanted to illustrate how a child experiences war without really understanding it. After drawing the first page, I chose Rose Blanche as its title because of the significance of the name. Rose Blanche was a group of young German citizens protesting the war. They had understood what others wanted to ignore. They were all killed.
“In this book, fascism is a day-to-day reality. Only the victims and the little girl have known its real face.”
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"Rose Blanche lives in Germany. Many things in her country have changed in the last few years, and now trucks rumble past her home and her school full of soldiers going off to some unknown place. All the excitement thrills the little girl and her friends, and then something happens which changes everything. One day, Rose Blanche sees a little boy jump out of the back of one of the trucks. She sees that he is trying to run away, and she cannot help wondering what the boy is running away from. After the boy is caught and returned to the truck, Rose Blanche decides to follow the truck to see where it is taking the little boy. What she finds is a terrible place where men, women, and children stand in the cold on the other side of a tall, barbed wire fence. Rose Blanche begins her own private battle to help the people behind the fence, the people who wear striped clothes and have yellow stars pinned to their chests. She gives them as much food as she can, often going hungry herself. In this beautiful and often hauntingly lovely picture book, the authors have created a story which is both heartbreaking and inspiring. Rose Blanche found her own way to fight against the cruelty of the Nazi regime, and she was one of its many casualties. This is a moving tribute to all those young Germans who fought against what they knew was wrong in their world; many of them lost their lives in the battle." —Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Review
“An unforgettable book. Not illusionary, not sentimentalized, this realism is literal, pulsing with drama ... and it’s magnificent.” —The Horn Book
“This is a stunning book and a forceful argument for peace. All ages.” —Publishers Weekly
“An excellent book to use not only to teach about the Holocaust, but also about living a life of ethics, compassion, and honesty.” —School Library Journal
About the Author
- Publisher : Creative Editions; Reprint edition (September 1, 1985)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1568461895
- ISBN-13 : 978-1568461892
- Reading age : 6 - 8 years
- Lexile measure : 600L
- Grade level : 1 - 3
- Item Weight : 14.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.75 x 0.5 x 11.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,138,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #163 in Children's Books on Violence
- #610 in Children's Military Fiction (Books)
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I've used this as stimulus for Year 6 Sentence innovation work and the chidlren absolutely loved the illustrations and the work they produced was absolutely amazing - even my lower ability children!!
This book is incredibly versitile and is a superb resource for any teacher.