- Anne Frank's Chestnut Tree published by Random House
- Written by: Jane Kohuth
- Illustrated by: Elizabeth Sayles
- We recommend this book for kids ages 6 and up
What It Is
Hidden away in Amsterdam during World War II, Anne Frank and her family could not breathe fresh air or walk under the blue sky for years. But, through an attic window, Anne could see the branches of a tall chestnut tree. This small glimpse of nature gave Anne hope, courage and inspired her writing, which inspired the whole world.
Is It Fun?
More than 70 years later, Anne Frank's story remains one of hope and belief in the power of the human spirit in the face of one of the most unimaginable tragedies at the same time. Many of today's parents and grandparents grew up in a time where Hitler's reign of terror was relatively recent history, and Anne Frank's story is timeless, especially when there is still terrorism in the world. The Holocaust and World War II are a very important part of world history as well, and Frank's story makes it personal in a way that children will understand. Indeed, the author does a great job of presenting the facts in a manner appropriate for young elementary school students.
Who It’s For
This a gentle but factual way to introduce Anne Frank's story to independent readers in grades 1 to 3.
What To Be Aware Of
Readers learn the Frank's story but are spared the gruesome and horrific details of Nazi concentration camps. This is a good book for children to read on their own, but one that parents and teachers will also want to read and be available for any questions and discussion.