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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
by Judith Kerr
Author: Judith Kerr
"It's just that I think we should stay together", she said..."I don't mind things being difficult...just as long as we're all four together".
Eva Thornton (10)
Based on Judith Kerr's own experience, this is a story about life as a refugee child in the time of Hitler. Nine-year-old Anna goes on an emotional journey through four European countries with her Mum, Dad, and brother Max. Anna is a lovable, cheerful character who I would have liked to be my friend in real life! She is funny at times and always has high spirits.
The writer draws you in with descriptive language and humour: their Grandma's repeated phrase of "this is no way for children to grow up" is noticed by Anna and Max, who whisper it to each other behind her back and have to stifle their giggles. It made me feel like I was in the story - I could feel what they were feeling.
I learnt how it would feel to be a refugee back then or even now. The writer conveyed the sense of a very close family, and how this would be important if you were always on the move: "If you haven't got a home, you've got to be with your people".
Overall, a brilliant read! I would recommend it for girls and boys who enjoy 'real life' fiction.