Yellow Star

Yellow Star

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“In 1945 the war ended. The Germans surrendered, and the ghetto was liberated. Out of over a quarter of a million people, about 800 walked out of the ghetto. Of those who survived, only twelve were children. I was one of the twelve.” For more than fifty years after the war, Syvia, like many Holocaust survivors, did not talk about her experiences in the Lodz ghetto in Poland. She buried her past in order to move forward. But finally she decided it was time to share her story, and so she told it to her niece, who has re-told it here using free verse inspired by her aunt. This is the true story of Syvia Perlmutter—a story of courage, heartbreak, and finally survival despite the terrible circumstances in which she grew up. A timeline, historical notes, and an author’s note are included.

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ISBN-13: 9781469215068
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 12/04/2012
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Roy is the author of more than thirty books for children and young adults, including Israel: Discovering Cultures and Mindblind. A former Gifted and Talented teacher, she holds a BS in Psychology and an MA in Elementary Education.

Yellow Star is based on the childhood of Jennifer’s aunt Sylvia, who provided extensive interviews as the author was writing this book.

Jennifer Roy lives in upstate New York with her husband and son.

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Yellow Star 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely wonderful! Jennifer Roy told her aunt's 'Syvia' story in the first person, as if Syvia were telling the story herself. This is the story of how five year old Syvia and how her family was forced from their home in Lodz, Polland into the Lodz ghetto after the German Nazis invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Syvia and her family lived in the Lodz ghetto for five years. The conditions they were forced to live in were horrific...However, one thing I definately liked about this story was even though there were specific tragic events that took place, the story wasn't as graphic as other books I've read about the holocaust. Other Jewish accounts I've read were much more graphic and told specific details about how the Jews were starved, beaten, neglected, and killed. This book does describe how horrible the Jews were treated at the Lodz ghetto but it wasn't so graphic that you would not want young adults to read it. This would be an excellent book for young adults to read that would allow them to see what it was like to be a young child of 5-9 during the holocaust without all of the super gory details.
91196 More than 1 year ago
i never thought i would like a book like this but i loved it i also recommend it
Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
Here is a little girl who saw neighbors, cousins and playmates "disappear" all around her every day. A girl of 5 hides in a hole behind a tombstone for survival's sake and tomorrow thanks God for her family's well-being and for the meager ration of watery "soup" and weak coffee that was smuggled to her daily. What moved me personally was how behind the words of fear and horror a testimony of the importance of cherishing life and it's daily miracles through a child's eyes radiated profoundly. It amazed me how much this little girl had been wishing and yearning to go to school and learn. For example, Syvia, the main character, loved it when her older sister, Dora, taught her the alphabet on the dirt floor of their so-called apartment, and today, all I was thinking, as I walked from class to class was, "Ugh! I have SO much homework tonight! I hate school!" Other Holocaust books talk about loss of faith and the betrayal of God, but this one portrays the importance of faith and Him. Syvia and her family saw God on their side as they were spared daily. Isaac, Syvia's father, thrust his life in harm's way to reserve her's. To what extent would you go to save a loved one's life? Imagine, walking bare foot, through snow 2 feet tall, on an empty stomach, bombs bursting everywhere, confused and scared all at the same time! It's hard to paint that specific picture, but this was reality to the 800 survivors fleeing Lodz ghetto. This story has opened up my eyes a little wider and has impressed me to let my family, friends and neighbors know, daily, how much I love and care for them before they leave this state of being.
mejojo More than 1 year ago
I was so moved by this book that I passed it on to two of my children, ages 13 and 16, two of their teachers, and some friends. I have recommended two books (historical fiction) below on this subject.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you liked this book then you might be interested in The Diary of a Young Girl- Anne Frank. It was the diary that Anne kept while she was in hiding from the Nazis. It is very interesting and talks about how she feels as if she grows more independent because of her circumstances and the fact that shes been locked up in a place where you must always be quiet and secretve. It is a very good book and i hope that you will take it into consideration. It only costs 5.99 and is sure to give you a first hand expierience of what it was like to lie during the Holocuast. Bye now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great book u guys and women would love it its about a mother fathwr and there two daughters i cryed when i read this book... great book ever!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It really is a five star book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. I can't believe this book is actually a true story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently read the hard cover copy of this nook for a school project and i loved the book! Well i no longer have that book so i bought it for my nook so that i can write a paper o it and its hard to navigate necause its in a different format then the actual book. :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book cause while reading it as if it was the little girl telling it as if she was still 10 years old. Not so graphic but still straight to the point. I read alot about this subject and alot different then others. The family stuck together and helped all the 12 children and the strength they all had is amazing. Must read!
Hailey Sinoff More than 1 year ago
Best book ever. I am11and i love this book and it made me very interested in world war 2.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the book Yellow star was a great story. Its about a four year old girl, Syvia. She and her family are Jews and are forced into the Lodz Ghetto. After I read the book, I got so intrested in World WAr ll. THis book will make you understand a young girls point of view of living and surviving the Lodz ghetto. Syvias parents risked everything for her. This will make you cry, laugh and hate the Nazis. You won't regret reading this book!!!!
meggyweg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book succeeds at the tricky job of exposing the horrors of the Holocaust while staying appropriate for children. Due to the protagonist's youth and naivete, she's not fully aware of what's going on around her, but she and the reader will both sense the danger even if they don't know all that much about the children of the Lodz Ghetto. The protagonist's father is the real hero of the story, managing to keep the family together and save his daughter from certain death several times. I really enjoyed this book, and I think kids will too.
SandSing7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I understand that the book was supposed to be written from the point of view of a 6 to10 year old girl; however, the child-like prose bothered me, and made the writing seem cliche. I would have much rather heard the story in the third person, from an older Sylvia looking back on events, or in an interview/dialogue format. That being said, the end of the story that recounts the deportation of the children, the time in the cellar, and their eventual liberation is facinating. Sylvia's father is a true hero.
litelady-ajh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It's a good book for younger (4th-8th grade) kids without the gruesome details that a lot of Holocaust books have in them. Very poetic writing, a joy to read although the topic is very tragic & sad.
Black821Library on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was asked to review children's stories for my local library, and this was the first provided. Fascinating true story of Polish girl in WW II concentration camps. The story is told in a rambling prose that is a wonderful voice for the child. This is a great book to share with children as a history lesson.
sensitivemuse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story is told in first person, which I didn¿t mind at all because it¿s different especially if it¿s from a child¿s point of view. It¿s purely an innocent view on the Holocaust and it¿s definitely an eye opener and very different from other novels told in an adult point of view on this subject.It¿s a short novel, and the way it¿s written makes the novel even shorter. It¿s certainly a very quick read - although you won¿t notice considering the heavy subject matter. Our main character, Syvia, encounters some very close calls to being discovered and deported. These moments fill the reader with dread, and also there are moments were they escape thanks to luck. It¿s these kinds of opposite feelings which are all throughout the novel - and perhaps this is how Syvia felt while living through this time.I cannot think of any criticisms for this novel, this is perfect to introduce the subject of the Holocaust to middle school children. I greatly recommend this novel to children and to those interested in reading on this tragic subject. No matter how much you read on it, it¿s still shocking to read.
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was engrossed this very quick read about Syvia and her family during World War II. Based on the experiences of her aunt during the war, Jennifer Roy chose to share her aunt's story through a first person narrative written in verse. Syvia was four and a half when her family and all the other Jews in Lodz, Poland were moved to the ghetto. By the time liberation came the quarter million Jewish population of the city numbered at 800, with only 12 surviving children. A powerful story of war and suffering told through a child's eyes.
prkcs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From 1939, when Syvia is four and a half years old, to 1945 when she has just turned ten, a Jewish girl and her family struggle to survive in Poland's Lodz ghetto during the Nazi occupation.
lesser41384 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I never thought poetry could be that exciting. It was a story written with poetic devices and is definitely worth reading.
suri19639 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yellow Star was one of the books in which I felt I was fascinated that such a young child had to go through so much. It made me realize how lucky I was as a infant when I had the luxury of playing with toys and pretty dolls, where as kids around the world at that time were facing so many hardships. I didn't read all of the book, but I wish I did, I'm sure Jennifer Roy would have made me want to keep reading. From as much as I've read, I can say a good read.
elpowers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Heartbreaking true story of Sylvia, a Jewish girl, during WWII- how she made it through, but most of her family did not.
TFS93 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book written from a child's point of view, which makes it perfect for younger children who want to know more. Syvia is four years old and this is her story. The poetic writing made it quick and easy to read. It is Amazing that she was able to stay alive. She was one of only 12 children who survived in the Lodz ghetto. Her father was amazing and refused to give up on his famiy or let them be taken. The stories of how she was able to survive will make you appreciate everything you have in life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing i have red it 3 times alredy this is totaly awesome and am alredy go ing to start the 4 th time