Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry

Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry

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Annemarie is one of the main characters in this book. she is a 10 year old german girl who lives in Copenhagan, Denmark with her mom, dad, and young sister Kirsti. Annemarie tells the story from her point of view. “It was only in the fairy tales that people were called upon to be so brave, to die for one another.Not in real-life denmark” annemarie struggles to find the definition of courage, but with the big journey that awaits uphead she soon finds out.
Ellen is also one of the main characters in this book , she’s also the same age as her best friend annemarie. Even though she is a very shy girl she wants to be an actress, in order to fufill this dream she first has to survive the horrible, disgusting holocaust. with the help of her best friend ann she may just be able to live her dream. “thats the worst thing in the world..to be dead so young.I wouldn’t want the germans to take my family away to makes us live some place else.but still,it wouldn’t be as bad as being dead”.
Mrs.Johansen is annemarie’s mother, she is a very strong, determined, and smart woman “Friends will take care of them. thats what friends do.”she helps the rosens by hiding ellen and pretending that she is their daughter.
Mr. Johansen is annemarie’s father , he is the same as her mother but more courageous and brave. ”we don’t know where the germans are taking the jews and we dont know what that means we only know that its is wrong, and it dangerous and we must help”

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Annemarie is a normal young girl, ten years old, she has normal difficulties and duties like any other girl. but these difficulties aren’t normal ones, she’s faced with the difficulties of war. this war has made Annemarie into a very smart girl, she spends most of her time thinking about how to be safe at all times “Annemarie admitted to herself,snuggling there in the quiet dark, that she was glad to be an ordinary person who would never be called upon for courage.

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” (4.60) even though shes going through a lot she still controls it very well. her true character comes out cause she basically risk her life to save her best friend. Eventhough shes going through all of this she still believes one day she will be free to do what she please like running. “ she understood that she was protecting ellen the way her mother had protected her. Although she didn’t understand what was happening, or why the casket was there… she knew it better, safer, for ellen to believe in great-aunt brite. so she said nothing” (9.32) this shows how she always put others before herself and because of this her and ellen will be bestfriends forever, she goes against her morals as well to save her best friend by lying to her best friend about her dead aunt to take care her she now understands why her mom and dad lied to her to take care of her.

Plot summary
Number the stars is told by ten year old Annmarie Johansen, she has a bestfriend named ellen rosen who is jewish,because of this annmarie has to risk her life in order to protect her and keep her from getting captured which almost happen one night when 3 german soldiers came to their door in the middle of the night when they were sleeping looking for the rosens cause they heard that they had fled the country. when they noticed that every child but ellen had blonde hair the german soldier pulled her hair and asked for an explanation when mr johansen gave him one the german soldier fell for it and left. then the next day they take the girls to another place, mrs.johansens brother henriks place in Gilleleje denmark he was suppose to sneak the girl under his boat but her mother broke her ankle so she couldn’t walk annemar had to deliver a package to her uncle along the way she is stopped by soldiers but is luckily free and makes it to the boat in time.

Theme,symbols,imagery
the theme of this story is mainly the struggle of growing up in the day in age. and it focused on the experiences that annemarie has to go through her character is played between staying a young ten year old child or growing up and acting like an adult, at ten years old. Growing up in basically finding your own identity , imagine being a ten year old and having to do that. because of the war annemarie need a lot of protection but as the same time she has to be the protector of her best friend. as someone once told me “Ignorance can be a form of self-protection” meaning its better to be oblivious to things in order to keep you safe. one of The symbol in this story is the seashell, Peter Neilsen give this to Annemarie which means many things. because a seashell comes from the sea show that Peter had been on and adventure. a shell is also a protection for sea creatures, the people in this book ALSO have to find protection with themselves and others. The imagery in this book is when annemarie beings her long journey to deliver her uncle this package she is stopped along the way by german soldiers and their dogs and they tell her to open it up and all they see is a handkerchief and they let her go, i can just imagine the fear that she must be facing. The writers style in the book is simplicity, it mainly talks about what is happening during the holocaust, but it also talks about a young girl experiences during this. “ The resistance fighters were danish people- no one knew who, because they were very secret- who were determined to harm to the Nazis however they could. They damaged the german trucks, and cars and bombed their factories. they were very brave. sometimes they were caught and killed.(1.55) the writer is telling us what they did to harm all the people even though there was a lot more they did to people then just bomb factories.
My Opinion on this book
With this book i learned more about peoples personal experiences during the holocaust and some horrible events that happened. It made me really think about how disgusting Hitler was/is for torching these innocent people. i was very entertained by this book , but in a very fastidious way. This book was definitely not humorous at all , quiet serious and informational throughout the whole book also a very young adult novel, i would rate this book a solid ten because i was interested throughout the whole thing this book.

Quotes
“ It is important to be one of the crowd, always. Be one of many. be sure that they never have a reason to remember you face.” (mrs.rosen, pg. 9) when they told her what had happened mrs.rosen got very protective and scared for annemarie and even a little paranoid but that only because she cares so deeply about her. “ It was all imaginary, anyways- not real. it was only in the fairy tales that people were called upon to be so brave, to die for one another. Not in real-life Denmark. oh, there were the soldiers ; that was true. and the courageous Resistance leaders, who sometimes lost their lives ;that was true too. But ordinary people like the rosens and johansens? Annemarie admitted to herself, snuggling there in the quiet dark, that she was glad to be an ordinary person who would never be called upon for courage.” (narrator, pg 23-24) during the beginning annemarie really didn’t need any courage she had people around her doing that for her. For peter for example , he risks his life and ends up getting shot for his country, but its not to long before annemarie has to embark on a dangerous journey to save a group of jews, not just any jews but her family and friends who mean the world to her . although she is rightfully fearful through everything she doesn’t let that hold her back. “ Annemarie felt a sudden urge of sadness; the bond of their friendship had not broken, but it was as if ellen had moved now into a different world, the world of her own family and whatever lay ahead for them” ( narrator, pg 70) ellen and her family had arrived to Sweden safely , but in the end annemarie had lost a lot of people in her life, even though she didn’t really lose Ellen she still feels that way because she is not with her anymore and that is what annemarie had learned, growing up she have to sometimes let people go. “Know i think that all of Denmark must be bodyguard for the jews, as well.”(Annemarie,chp 4) her friendship with her is so important to her shes willing to protect her at all cost, not just her but all jews. “



Work cited page
Lowry, Louis. Number the Stars. Bantam: Houghton Mifflin Harcort Publishing Company, 1989. Print.
Dugusene university, writing center.
Sparknotes Editors. “SparkNote on number the stars.” SparkNotes.com. SparkNotes LLC. n.d.. Web. 07, May 2014



Work cited page
Lowry, Louis. Number the Stars. Bantam: Houghton Mifflin Harcort Publishing Company, 1989. Print.
Dugusene university, writing center.
Sparknotes Editors. “SparkNote on number the stars.” SparkNotes.com. SparkNotes LLC. n.d.. Web. 07, May 2014

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