Yona Zeldis McDonough Anne Frank

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Anne Frank

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Here is the story of Anne Frank, who, from 1942 to 1944, hid from the Nazis with her family in a secret apartment in Amsterdam. As Hitler carried out his plans to rid Europe of all Jews, Anne bravely made the best of her confined life. She wrote in her diary, kept up with her studies, and pasted photographs of movie stars on her wall. Strong and courageous to the end, she was caught in a time and a place that should never have been, and that must never be allowed to exist again.

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Yona Zeldis McDonough was born in Israel. Her work has been published in a number of magazines, including Family Circle and Harper's Bazaar. She is the author of two other children's books: Frank Lloyd Wright and Eve and Her sisters: Women of the Old Testament. She lives in Brooklyn, new York, with her husband and their two children.

Malcah Zeldis is an internationally known folk artist. Her paintings hang in many museums in the United States and abroad. Her books for children include A Fine Fat Pig, Honest Abe, and Eve and Her Sisters: Women of the Old Testment, which was her first collaboration with her daughter, Yona. Ms. Zeldis was born in New York, grew up in Detroit, and spent nine years living in Israel. Currently, she resides in New York City.

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Grade 3-5. This picture book opens with the Franks fleeing to the annex. Then the author tells about happier times, the coming of the soldiers, and the beginning of the persecution. Sophisticated language, topic, and the many flashbacks preclude the book's use with young children. The explanation of Hitler's accession to power is simplistic; McDonough attributes it solely to bad economic conditions. Once the author is into Anne's story, however, she tells it in a straightforward manner and relates it well. The book is illustrated with bright, folk-art paintings. At first, the pure colors of yellow, red, orange, green, blue, black, and brown surrounded by alternating borders of the same colors seem inappropriate for such a subject, but the childlike images provide impetus for discussion, and the bright colors of the innocent contrast well with the dark colors of the evildoers. The paintings of happier past times are cozy and cheerful. Mama and baby Anne look like a 1930s version of the Madonna and child. A small painting of barbed wire encircling crossed Nazi flags on the opposite page foreshadows the trouble to come. McDonough tells the story, but there's no doubt that Zeldis provides the emotion. In the final picture, Anne is seen towering over the world and all its people. She has risen phoenixlike from her diary and has become a myth, a myth that symbolizes the yearnings of a people to be brave, to be optimistic, and most of all to survive. Anne did not survive, but her story lives on.?Marcia W. Posner, Holocaust Memorial and Educational Center of Nassau County, Glen Cove, NY
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