Rose Blanche

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Bibliographic Information: Innocenti, Roberto, and Christophe Gallaz. Rose Blanche. Mankato, MN: Creative Education, 1985.

Brief Annotation: Rose Blanche lives in a small town in Germany during the time of World War II. One day as she is walking through town she sees a boy escape from one of the Nazi trucks, but is caught and thrown back into the truck. Rose Blanche is confused where they are taking him and decides to follow the truck. She finds a camp with barbed wire and people and children are trapped inside. They look hungry. Rose Blanche attempts to help the people by sneaking food to them until one day she never returns back home.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Grade Level: 3-4

Readers who will like this: Children will find this book enjoyable because although it is a sad story, it shows the will and strength Rose Blanche has and her compassion towards people she doesn’t know.

Rating/Response: 3 Rose Blanche is a touching story of a young girl who puts her life in danger to help those around her. I enjoyed the symbolism found in the illustrations, especially the last page of the dried flower to represent Rose Blanche. However, the story’s ending is really sad.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What do you know about World War II? Brainstorm and make a concept map of things that happened during WWII.

Reading Strategy: Social Studies

Rationale for Strategy: Rose Blanche would be a good book to use during a history unit on World War II. It is a story different than most WWII stories because it shows the strength and compassion of a young girl willing to help the people trapped in the concentration camp.

By: Kelsey Peterson

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