A Review By My Students: Number the Stars

Posted April 15, 2015 in Reading, Review / 2 Comments

A Review By My Students: Number the StarsNumber the Stars by Lois Lowry
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell (1989)
Paperback (137 pages)
Reading Challenges: 2015 Alphabet Soup, 2015 Re-Reading, Read 2015


Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It’s now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are “relocated”. Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen’s life.

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I read this book with two of my students in my reading class. They both loved the book so much that they wanted to tell everyone why. They each wrote a short paragraph to tell you all why they liked the book so much.

Just like last time, I will correct spelling but I am not going to correct grammar.

First Student:

I really liked the book. I also really liked Annemarie. I liked Annemarie because of how brave she was. Also she was very helpful. This is why I liked Annemarie. I also thought that the book was very sad because of all the people that died.

Second Student:

My favorite character was Lise. I liked Lise because she risked her life for her country. Even though she was dead through the whole story. The bravery she had shows me that you can be brave even in hard times. I would love for someone else read this book because this book has lots of passion.

Both students agreed that everyone should read this book.

I read this book for the first time when I was in grade school. I loved it then and I still think it is a wonderful book. Besides just being a good read, this book also helped introduce my students to World War II.

Which Reading Challenges?

  • You Read How Many Books? Reading Challenge
  • Hard-Core Rereading Challenge
  • Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge (N)


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2 responses to “A Review By My Students: Number the Stars

  1. I’ve never read this book. It was one of the ones I purposefully skipped over because I hate reading about the Holocaust. There’s so much hatred and pain and death that it makes my heart break. However, I think I’m going to add this to my TBR list. Sometimes it’s important to read about difficult subjects.

    Besides, it seems like the characters are pretty strong, from what your students say. I think it’s great that they wanted to write reviews. I enjoy seeing what younger readers have to say about their books. 🙂
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    • I was actually a bit shocked that my students liked this book so much. It is also a short read that I could have read in a day (it does take a bit longer with my small group students).
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