The price of being famous #BookBytes 10

‘Difficult childhood…’ she thought. The past and the present slid apart. She remembered the long, weary journey from Berlin with Mama, how it had rained, and how she had read Gunther’s book and wished for a difficult childhood so that she might one day become famous. Had her wish then come true? Could her life since she had left Germany really be described as a difficult childhood?

This excerpt is from the book When Hitler stole the pink rabbit by Judith Kerr. It is the story of a 10-year-old girl Anna and her Jewish family who had to leave their home in Berlin secretly in 1933 in the wake of the Nazis coming to power. Anna’s father, a famous personality, is wanted by the Nazis – dead or alive because he is extremely vocal against them.

Anna’s family escapes from Germany to live in Zurich, Switzerland for a brief period before shifting to Paris, France where they lived for 2 Christmases and later they moved to Britain. Anna and her brother’s childhood goes through ups and downs during the time they live in Paris. They face trouble in school because everything is taught in French and everyone speaks only in French and they do not know the language. They face difficulties due to their family’s deteriorating financial condition. They lead an impoverished life in Paris whereas they were wealthy in Berlin.

The story, since it is told from Anna’s perspective, is not totally gloomy as it may appear from the above lines. It has its funny and light moments too in addition to being touching. It evokes the importance of being together as a family and being grateful for the blessings in life, howsoever, little they might seem.

Reading this book had a life-enhancing impact on me. Dhruv read it too and we had a considerable discussion on Anna and her family’s life.

I will strongly recommend this book.

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6 comments

  1. I hadn’t heard about this one. But since you recommend it, I am definitely going to check it out! Thanks, Anamika!

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  2. I love reading books about WWII. This seems like an interesting one, will check it out. Thanks for your recommendation.
    Love these perfect crochet granny squares. You have aced them, Anamika!! Are you going to make a blanket or a shawl with these crochet squares??

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  3. Glad that this book isn’t too gloomy as usually books about WWII can be so heartbreaking. I am interested in what Druv thought about it. Kids can be really sensitive about sad things so I am curious about how he felt.

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  4. WWII books are always very interesting. I might just pick this up for myself 🙂

    P.S: Those crochet squares are stunning!

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  5. I got this one for a friend’s son and ended up reading it before I gifted it to him!
    I am amazed and impressed that Dhruv was able to appreciate this story. It is actually the perfect WWII book for children. It explains the war and its impact without being gloomy. Also, the kids’ struggles are so very real.
    I loved that quote too. Thanks for sharing Anamika.

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  6. Wow- this seems just what I need to pick up as I love WW2 books a lot but most have failed me since Book Thief and Guernsy. The title is very quirky and that itself would make me curious about it 🙂

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