REVIEW: Number the Stars

4 Mar

My Year 7 class is studying The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and, as part of that unit, we have been discussing the Holocaust as well as actions taken to support the genocidal intentions of the Nazis and actions/attitudes which demonstrated hope and humanity.

Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars would be a great companion text to The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, offering another perspective on the ways that people demonstrate humanity and bravery during one of the darkest periods in human history.

I loved the Lowry’s novel was told with a noticeable simplicity and clarity of language.  This ‘honest’ storytelling allows readers to focus on emotions and experiences.  In turn, this helps them to better understand the text.

I would like to give my Year 7 class an extract from this text and ask them to compare narrative voice and themes with The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.  I think this will help them to clarify some of the peculiarities of their set text while also gaining a broader understanding of the Holocaust.

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