Bibliographical Information: Nivola, C. A. (1997). Elisabeth. New York: Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux.

Brief Annotation: Set in the time of World War II and the rise of the Nazi’s, Ruth has to escape Germany and leave behind her favorite doll.  She is devastated but is able to find the doll years later in a shop in the United States.

Genre: Questioning

Grade Level: 1-8

Readers who will like this: I think this book would be geared more towards girls but I believe it would be a great story for all readers because we have all had to leave something behind at some point in our lives.

Rating/Response: 5  I am a great fan of learning about World War II and knowing this book had a little history behind it was intriguing to me.  I love being able to bring forth history in the classroom in any way I can and I feel that this story is something children can relate to.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever had to leave something behind? How did it make you feel?

Reading Strategy: Questioning

Rationale for Strategy: This book is great for questioning because many think-marks can be placed in this book for great discussion with the class.  Many things can be asked such as where do they think the doll is going, how is she feeling, how do you know she feels this way, etc.

Posted by: Brittany Billiet


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