Lois Lowry - L-i-t Guide Literature in Teaching Number the Stars

17 ratings (15 Epinions reviews)
Epinions Product Rating: Excellent
5 stars
11
4 stars
4
3 stars
2 stars
1 star
Share This!
  Ask friends for feedback

A Not-Totally-Grim Tale from the Land of Hans Christian Andersen

Apr 5, 2001 (Updated Apr 8, 2008)
Review by  
Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:The afterword; the title's source; Lowry's style

Cons:The situation, of course!

The Bottom Line: NUMBER THE STARS will not leave you untouched.


Not even the homeland of Hans Christian Andersen was untouched by tragedy, including tragedy perpetrated by the Nazis.

Even before 10-year-old Annemarie Johansen, her little sister Kirsti, and their friend Ellen Rosen are stopped by street-corner soldiers, they've had to deal with the loss of luxuries and sweets. The Johansens have also suffered the loss of their beloved big sister Lise, who was hit by a car one rainy night shortly after she got engaged to Peter Neilsen. Peter is still around, and still the closest thing the Johansens have to a big brother, but his visits have been different lately--more like secrets.

The soldiers give Annemarie, Ellen, and Kirsti a little trouble before letting them go; the girls tell their parents, who tell them to take a different way home from school from now on; life goes on.

Kirsti needs new shoes but is less than thrilled with the ones she gets until Ellen has an idea for improving them. Next, Kirsti needs a new button for her coat, but when Annemarie takes her to Mrs. Hirsch's shop, it's closed and Mrs. Hirsch is gone! Ellen's parents are suddenly called away too, and Ellen stays with Annemarie's family for a night, then Mrs. Johansen takes the three girls to visit her brother Henrik, a bachelor fisherman. That night, company comes to offer condolences to Mrs. Johansen on the death of "Great-Aunt Birte"...

...WHO? Something's going on, and Uncle Henrik has to tell Annemarie just enough to get her to do something brave. Back when she was only 7 years old, Papa told her a true story about Denmark's King Christian; when he said that he and Mama and any Danish citizen would die to protect their king, Annemarie said she would too. Now, 3 years later, Annemarie can do something to help her friends and neighbors.

I like the way Lowry has Annemarie parallel her journey to the story of LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD. The section that reveals the source of the book's title is absolutely lovely. And the chapter titles are inspired! Don't miss this Newbery winner--5 isn't a big enough number of stars!


Recommend this product? Yes


Share this product review with your friends   
Share This!


Related Deals You Might Like...

Lois Lowry (My Favorite Writer)

Lois Lowry (My Favorite Writer)

Lois Lowry (My Favorite Writer)
Sears Marketplace
Lois Lowry eBook

Lois Lowry eBook

Buy Lois Lowry by Grahame-Smith, Deborah and Read this Book on Kobo's Free Apps. Discover Kobo's Vast Collection of Ebooks Today - Over 3 Million Tit...
Kobo eBooks

$18.59

FREE Shipping
Messenger By Lois Lowry (paperback)

Messenger By Lois Lowry (paperback)

Messenger Mass Market Paperback by Lois Lowry (Author)Lois Lowry’s Messenger continues the quartet beginning with the quintessential dystopian novel...
eBay

$8.16

FREE Shipping
Son [hardcover] Lois Lowry, Free Shipping,

Son [hardcover] Lois Lowry, Free Shipping,

Son by Lois Lowry, Hardcover 2012 Features:Release date: 2012-10-02 Description:Told in three separate story lines, Lois Lowrys Son combines elements ...
eBay

$14.63

FREE Shipping
Lois Lowry eBook

Lois Lowry eBook

Buy Lois Lowry by Daniels, Susana and Read this Book on Kobo's Free Apps. Discover Kobo's Vast Collection of Ebooks Today - Over 3 Million Titles, In...
Kobo eBooks

$19.89

FREE Shipping
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Free Delivery Worldwide : Gathering Blue : Paperback : HOUGHTON MIFFLIN : 9780547904146 : 0547904142 : 01 May 2013 : The second book in Lois Lowry's G...
BookDepository.com

$7.92

FREE Shipping
Messenger By Lois Lowry (paperback)

Messenger By Lois Lowry (paperback)

Messenger Mass Market Paperback by Lois Lowry (Author)Lois Lowry’s Messenger continues the quartet beginning with the quintessential dystopian novel...
eBay

$7.92

FREE Shipping
Messenger By Lois Lowry, Paperback 2006, Free Shipping,

Messenger By Lois Lowry, Paperback 2006, Free Shipping,

Messenger by Lois Lowry, Paperback 2006 Features Great product! Editorial Reviews From School Library Journal Grade 6 Up-Matty, who has lived in Villa...
eBay

$7.02

FREE Shipping
Messenger by Lois Lowry

Messenger by Lois Lowry

Free Delivery Worldwide : Messenger : Paperback : Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc : 9780385737166 : 0385737165 : 13 Jan 2009 : The companio...
BookDepository.com

$7.18

FREE Shipping
Gathering Blue By Lois Lowry (2013, Paperback)

Gathering Blue By Lois Lowry (2013, Paperback)

age display 12 audience juvenile audience author lois lowry author for title lois lowry book industry reviews lowry returns to the metaphorical future...
eBay

$12.98

FREE Shipping