Number the Stars

A few Christmases ago, I was given Number the Stars by Lois Lowry as a gift from my Boss.  She is actually my friend too.

Anyway, for some reason I haven’t read it yet.  As the rain poured down this afternoon, I looked over on the side table and saw the book.  It seemed like a good time to start reading, it’s a pretty slight little book and I was hooked by the third page.

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This is an incredibly gripping story (fiction) based on Denmark during the Holocaust and their humanity toward the Jewish Danes.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t read stories with even a hint of evil toward children or the weak.  Amazingly, this book told the story of life in Denmark, during this incredibly indecent period but didn’t lead me to conjure up evil images in my mind.

I tried to read some to the kids while we ate Pizza, but they just kept saying, “Why don’t you read us Junie B?”

My favorite part of the book is during the tensest moments of the escape, the leader reads the Bible to soothe the group (both Christians & Jews).  He reads Psalm 147:

Praise the LordFor it is good to sing praises to our God;
    for it is pleasant,[a] and a song of praise is fitting.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
    he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted
    and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars;
    he gives to all of them their names.

As our country and really the whole world see the evil abounding, we cannot forget who we are and mostly who God is.  He has not forgotten us.  Now would be the time to Praise Him.

*I hope you will read Number the Stars and be encouraged.

If you are a teacher, there are some pretty fantastic teaching guides for this book.  Here are a few I found.

Scholastic Guide

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Teacher Park Guides

Stephanie

 

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