A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
This story includes some information about World War II and may prompt readers to look for more.
This story can be used to help kids begin learning about World War II, Nazis, and child refugees. Kids will find Stephie to be a relatable character and understand her worry for her parents and admire her bravery.
Positive Role Models
Stephanie and her sister are both believable characters who fight sometimes; they also worry about their parents. Readers will find it easy to root for them and admire Stephie's inner courage.
Violence & Scariness
The war is kept at a distance, but Stephanie has memories of her dog being shot by Nazis and of a couple being beaten. Also a fistfight, a boy kicks a dog, and a girl is bullied.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this story can help kids start learning about World War II, Nazis, and child refugees. Stephie is a relatable character who fights with her sister, worries about her parents (whom she is separated from), and discovers her inner courage. While the war is kept at a distance, there are moments when Stephanie remembers her life before she left Germany, including the beating of a couple and the killing of a dog.
Is It Any Good?
This seamless translation from Swedish, based on an event little-known in that country, will help kids begin to learn about tough topics like World War II, Nazis, and child refugees. It takes place outside of the more extreme crimes of the war, but kids will still be moved by this realistic tale of children torn apart from their parents and learning to live in a foreign place.
See our discussion guide for ideas for delving into the themes here and our list of other recommended books for kids who are ready to delve more deeply into the stories of Jewish children in WWII.
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