This book is a simply told story about Anne Frank’s life with large text, ample white space between lines, and an almost graphic book illustration style. On the inside pages, simple, well-drawn pencil illustrations, some with a comic book quality— especially facial expressions — expand the text and make it accessible to young readers. Maps and diagrams provide historical and visual reference. The book is quite effective and could be recommended to a third grade child, hoping that it would not substitute for later reading of the authentic Anne Frank diary. Ages 9 – 12.
Marcia W. Posner, Ph.D., of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, is the library and program director. An author and playwright herself, she loves reviewing for JBW and reading all the other reviews and articles in this marvelous periodical.