Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Anne Frank by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

A Little Girl Whose Diary Is Known Around The World

Little People, BIG DREAMS Series

What Concerned Me: 
This is one of the newest additions to the Little People, BIG DREAMS series. It is very brief, and could even be considered a watered-down version of the Anne Frank story. With young children, I understand not going into depth, but having a few more sentences might have helped the story. As an example, the word "Nazis" is used with no explanation. The book's first sentence
"Anne was a little Jewish girl who was born in Germany." 
might have benefited from a simple definition of Jewish. Concentration Camp is also used in the book without definition. I would guess because of the delicate nature of this story, the author and publisher were hoping to zero in on Anne Frank and not the war. I would suggest that parents use a bit of caution if they are reading to a worry-wart or a curious child.

Unlike most of my reviews, I moved right into the What Concerned Me section, since I feel most people reading this review will be very familiar of Anne Frank's story.

What I Liked Most:  I do love this series and hope Lincoln Children's Books begins including boys and not just girls in a series (maybe they have and I'm just not aware of it). This particular book's illustrations are very different than most of the preceding ones in this series. I am definitely a fan of this artwork and the way the artist has chosen to have most of the book in black and white with only the diary being colored.

I do appreciate the added information at the back of the book so an adult reader can quickly familiarize themselves with Anne Frank before reading to a child.

Thanks to Frances Lincoln Children's Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Author: Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Illustrator: Sveta Dorosheva
Publisher: Lincoln Children's Books (July 2018)

Approx. Word Count: 363
Age Range: 4 - 7
Pages: 32

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