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ANNE FRANK by Josephine Poole


by Josephine Poole & illustrated by Angela Barrett

Age Range: 7 - 10

Pub Date: Aug. 23rd, 2005
ISBN: 0-375-83242-4
Publisher: Knopf

Poole introduces Anne Frank, one of the most recognizable figures of Holocaust history, to younger audiences in this picture-book biography written in succinct and candid language. The retelling of her brief, yet important life begins with birth, quickly moves to the increasing anti-Semitic political environment in her native Germany, her family relocation to Amsterdam, their hiding and Anne’s writing. Barrett’s detailed expressive paintings blend beautifully with the simplified text to suggest the nature of Anne’s life, dreams, frustration and optimism. The use of dark grays and browns accentuates the morose atmosphere of the annex’s stifled environment and mood of this child made extraordinary by the circumstances of her life. In addition, Barrett has captured a likeness to at least Anne and her father, leaving the reader with a last haunting look on Anne’s face as she is taken away by the SS. Poole’s explicit, poignant last line alludes to the importance of the diary and Anne’s legacy: “Anne Frank was no more than a girl and her short life had come to an end. But her story was just beginning.” (chronology, author’s note, Web site) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)