This book is an entry in a series entitled, Little Guides to Great Lives. It is indeed a good guide to the very significant, short life of Anne Frank. Anne’s story is a difficult story for children to learn; it is about a young girl who died too young in a horrible way for nothing that she did wrong, but for being Jewish during a period of great anti-Semitism and war. I always wish that children did not have to know such a painful story but the lessons from Anne’s life are too important to shield children from.
This book tells Anne’s story well. It shows the many ways in which she was a normal girl in an abnormal time. She had a loving family, friends and parents who tried their best to protect her. Her early life, her time in the annex and her life in a concentration camp are all detailed.
The illustrations add greatly to this story. They are in simple colors but filled with life and emotion. Important people have their portraits with some facts beneath them. Anne’s imagination is brought to life in one spread that I especially love.
This is an important story and one that needs to be understood. Young readers will perhaps be inspired to read Anne’s diary after reading this book.
Of note is that there is a section in the back of the book with additional information including definitions of terms that children might not know.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sharing this little guide to a great life. The opinions expressed are my own.