The Life of Anne Frank by Kay Woodward
Published by Allen & Unwin
Date: June 2020
Each time I try to put words to the page, I don’t feel like I am doing the book justice. It’s not that I am trying to write something profound, because that isn’t my nature, but all I really want to do is share with you this treasure trove that is The Life of Anne Frank and for you to understand just how special it is.
There aren’t many of us that aren’t familiar with the story of Anne Frank; it isn’t one you forget. It’s imprinted on our hearts and makes us feel grateful for our own very safe life compared to Anne’s.
This book is a little treasure chest that many tweens and teens will love. There are lots of activities and sheets that match to specific sections of the book that elevates the information the author has shared throughout.
The book isn’t her diary, it’s a look back over her early years leading up to the war, information about the invasion and when Anne received her beloved cheque diary. The author gives you an in-depth look at the Annex, going through each of the rooms with a description; this gives you a real sense of how cramped living must have been and how much danger they were in on a daily basis.
Kay Woodward, the author, has been very thorough in the information she has included in the book. I feel that the book would be great to use in the classroom and the additions in the folder are perfect not only for at home use but also as classroom activities when a class is studying World War II as part of the curriculum.
While reading information about Anne Frank might not suit everyone because of the sad and horrible nature of that time in history, I feel like the author has presented the information in a respectful way with an educational approach.
The reason I share books like this one is that people like Anne, who went through such adversity and tried their best to remain happy and strong, deserve to be remembered. I hope her story continues to live on, and that people of all ages find strength during hardship, like Anne, writing in her diary to Kitty.
I recommend this book and know it will be treasured among many.
Thank you Allen & Unwin for the opportunity to read and honestly review this book