Most helpful critical review
on November 25, 2002
Number the Stars was a pretty good book. Although some parts were sad and may have made me realize certain things that happened around WWII, I still liked it . It's hard to describe the way I felt about it though. I mean, I liked it , but some parts of it were just slow moving and sad. That is why I only give it three stars. It really did make me realize what many people went through during these times, especially Jewish people. I think that it is important to know these things, not only because it is an important part of our history but because it can make people realize that our world isn't perfect, has never been perfect and never will be perfect. As I have said, this book has made me realize a lot of things. But that is not the only thing that books are supposed to do. Books are also supposed to enlighten you, and interest you. And, honestly this book didn't do that for me. However, I do not want to discourage other people from reading this. It is definitely an easy read; some adults could finish it in a day. The fact that Ellen and Annemarie may not see each other for a while was a shock to me. Although, I did like that about this book because not all books do have happy endings. Since this book is mainly directed towards young children, it can help them realize that, as I said, the world is not perfect. It can give them a taste of what some people went through in this important part of history.