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On a summer in 1942, Anne Frank and her family went into hiding from the Nazis. Until the day they arrested her, more than two years later, she kept a diary. ANNE FRANK is the indespensable visual guide to her tragic, but inspiring story. Produced in association with The Anne Frank House and filled with never-before-published snapshots, school pictures, and photos of the dOn a summer in 1942, Anne Frank and her family went into hiding from the Nazis. Until the day they arrested her, more than two years later, she kept a diary. ANNE FRANK is the indespensable visual guide to her tragic, but inspiring story. Produced in association with The Anne Frank House and filled with never-before-published snapshots, school pictures, and photos of the diary and the Secret Annex, this elegantly designed album is both a stand-alone introduction to Anne's life and a photographic companion to a classic of Holocaust literature....

Title : Anne Frank: Her life in words and pictures from the archives of The Anne Frank House
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Anne Frank: Her life in words and pictures from the archives of The Anne Frank House Reviews

  • Alyce (At Home With Books)
    2019-06-01 09:08

    First, let me say that I loved this book. It contains a treasure trove of photos from Anne Frank's family, and will appeal to anyone (young or old) who has read the Diary of Anne Frank. But before I talk more about how wonderful the book is, I want to share one reservation I have about it.My first impression of Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures is that it has been wrongly marketed for kids. Don't get me wrong, for dealing with a serious topic like the Holocaust, this book does an extremely good job of simplifying it for kids. There is only one section that I would recommend that parents read first, and that is the one dealing with concentration camps.In the concentration camp section there is a discussion about gas chambers, and photos of small children, and mothers with babies walking toward the gas chambers. There was also a photo of piles of the emaciated and naked dead bodies of prisoners wherein the prison guards were being forced to bury them by the conquering Allied forces. I think that the images and accompanying text may be too serious for some in the targeted age range (nine to twelve year olds) to handle. I'm sure that parents know what their own kids are ready to see, but I wanted to raise this issue in my review so that parents can know about it beforehand and be ready to talk to their kids about it if they have any questions.As for the rest of the book, it is absolutely amazing! There are photos of Anne from her childhood, and I loved the series of passport photos (shown on the cover) that show a myriad of expressions on her face. There are many photos of the rooms where Anne's family hid that bring the accompanying quotes from the diary to life. It was also neat to see what Anne's childhood friends looked like, and her relatives too. Looking at such photos is always a bittersweet experience though, knowing what happened to Anne and her family in the concentration camps.One thing that I appreciated about the section on concentration camps was that there were eye-witness accounts and quotes from interviews with survivors of the camps who were with Anne and her family members while they were there. The reader is able to get a better idea of what life was like for Anne and her family, and in some cases to read about specific experiences that Anne had in the camps.Anyone who has ever found themselves drawn into Anne's world through her diary shouldn't miss this book. Aside from my reservations about the content of the concentration camp section, I recommend it wholeheartedly.

    2019-06-14 05:10

    Loved the pictures, I've never seen most of them before. I love coming back to Anne's story again and again for inspiration . She is one of the ones who inspired me to want to write from a very young age. A Beautifully crafted account of Anne Frank.

  • Alice
    2019-06-06 05:06

    This book was really amazing. I am always intrigued by books regarding the holocaust. They make me stop and think about my life and remind me to count my many blessings. I read this book while reading The Diary of Anne Frank. This particular book includes pictures which helps give a visual of what the horrific experience looked like, which I really can't even imagine. Anne Frank and her family are new heroes to me. Favorite quotes:Anne started her diary with the following sentence: “I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.” (Anne had no idea how many millions of people her diary would comfort, support and inspire!)“It’s amazing how much these generous and unselfish people do, risking their own lives to help and save others. The best example of this is our own helpers….Never have they uttered a single word about the burden we must be, never have they complained that we’re too much trouble.” “I don’t think my opinions are stupid but other people do, so it’s better to keep them to myself. I apply the same tactic when I have to eat something I loathe. I put the dish in front of me, pretend it’s delicious, avoid looking at it as much as possible, and it’s gone before I’ve ad time to realize what it is. When I get up in the morning, another very disagreeable moment, I leap out of bed, think to myself, “you’ll be slipping back under the covers soon,” walk to the window, take down the black screen, sniff at the crack until I feel a bit of fresh air, and I’m awake. I strip the bed as fast as I can so I won’t be tempted to go back in. Do you know what Mother calls this sort of thing? The art of living. Isn’t that a funny expression?” Otto Frank preferred to dwell on positive issues (after the war.) "Anne's diary was a great help for me in regaining a positive outlook on the world. With its publication, I hoped to help many people in the same way, and that proved to be the case." One year before his death in 1980, he said: "I am now nearly ninety and my powers are slowly waning. But the duty Anne left me continues to give me new strength--to fight for reconciliation and human rights throughout the world."

  • Marjorie Ingall
    2019-05-19 05:02

    This book is so small -- a six- or seven-inch square. Reading it feels reading a diary. Or rather a scrapbook -- there are tons of photos, including big pictures of the diary itself. It has a collage-y, immersive feel. I think for anyone interested in Anne's life (and death), it's spectacular. But I don't know how kids who aren't already familiar with Anne's story will respond. When I read Claudette Colvin and Marching for Freedom (two photo-heavy books about the civil rights movement), I admired the books in a huge way, but I also thought they'd be a hard sell to kids. (For school reports, sure. But for fun, I don't think so.) I went through a crazed Anne Frank phase, as many Jewish girls did -- but are Jewish girls today as obsessed? Would the *historicity* of the story -- the black and white pics, the faded ink -- be off-putting? I hope not. (And this book is less text-heavy than Claudette Colvin or Marching Toward Freedom.) The book is beautifully done, easy to read, and really powerful to look at. It conveys (in words and photos) what happened AFTER the secret annex was discovered in a clear and concise and terrible way, so it really is a good book for kids who want more after reading Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. I'd just love to hear from actual kids about whether they'd pick it up on their own.Note: I left the book on the coffee table and Josie picked it up and was obsessed. Loved it. Couldn't stop talking about it. So I guess Anne's story still has the power to touch today's kids.

  • Holly Smith
    2019-05-19 09:03

    I have read "The Diary of Anne Frank" multiple times but have never seen this version, "Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures". While exerts of her diary are inserted into the book it is mostly from a third person point of view. The book follows chronologically from when Anne got her new diary for her birthday and scarcely up until Otto Frank's death. All the pictures are real pictures of the Frank Family and their secret annex, some of them pictures I've never seen before. And although I have read the diary I still cried when reading of her and her sister's death. This book has more emotion simply because you do see so many pictures of her and her family. In the classroom I would use this corresponding with her diary in upper grades mostly fifth grade when studying world war two. While we would see the American side of the war, it would be good to see other sides of the war as well. Students could read the journal themselves while we read this book aloud in class sharing the pictures. As an activity I would have students pretend like they were in the secret annex during the literature section of class. During this time there would be no talking, in fear that they would be found. During this time they are to keep a journal of their thoughts, read their history books about World War Two and "The Diary of Anne Frank" taking notes in their own "diary". After words we would have a class discussion about what students wrote and how they felt during this time, as well as trying to imagine how Anne felt.

  • Jamie
    2019-05-18 01:51

    This is a great book for anyone who loves Anne Frank. I think it is an especially excellent tool to use with children, when teaching them about the holocaust. There are many, many photographs I had never seen of Anne and her family, as well as photographs of the secret annex back in the 40's, and the historical recreations of the rooms done in recent years.The TONS of photographs are what make this book a true asset to any book collection, and a wonderful supplement to "The Diary of a Young Girl" as they help you to visualize Anne's story so much more clearly. The first part of the book was easier to get through, but when it came to the description and first hand accounts of what happened after Anne's capture, it was really hard for me to get through. That part only makes up around 15 pages, but those few pages pack a powerful emotional impact. One of the last things to be said in the book, is that many don't understand why so much emphasis has been placed on Anne's story. After all, hers is but one story among thousands of children murdered during the holocaust. What makes Anne's story important is that it shows us the face of one of those children. We are able to connect emotionally with Anne because we understand her inner feelings, desires, ambitions. We are able to know her as a person, and then, when we realize the tragedy of what she went through, how this brilliant young woman's life was cut short, we are better able to understand the impact of the loss the world suffered when so many children, as well as men and women were cruelly murdered during the holocaust.

  • David
    2019-05-18 05:09

    I’ve read the Diary of Anne Frank in the past; however, re-reading it again but with pictures from Anne’s diary was truly moving. One cannot walk away from this without a sincere appreciation of the sacrifices people made in hiding the Jewish people as well as the profound suffering and loss the Jewish people experienced. I think the quote of Primo Levi that is used in this book sums up my feelings on this well: “Perhaps it had to be, that this one Anne Frank moves us more than all the other countless victims whose names remain unknown. If we had to share and could share, the suffering of each one of them, we should be unable to go on living.” The pictures cover Anne’s life from birth up to her captivity and include pictures of the restored Annex that they occupied for 2 years. I must admit that the pictures are haunting. One other thing that struck me is that the Franks were arrested on August 4th, 1944, just 2 months after D-Day… The book is not just pictures but includes the translated writings of Anne and this tells the story as much as the pictures do. If someone has never had the privilege of reading Anne Frank I highly recommend this manuscript. One last quote from the book penned by Anne: “Ordinary people don’t know how much books can mean to someone who’s cooped up. Our only diversions are reading, studying, and listening to the wireless.” (July 11, 1943)

  • Rachel Wolfe-Adam
    2019-05-23 09:53

    "When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived! But [...] wil I ever be able to write something great? will I ever become a journalist or writer?" (151)"[My] greatest wish is to be a journalist, and later on, a famous writer....In any case, after the war I'd like to publish a book called The Secret Annex" (196).I thought I knew Anne Frank's story pretty well--until I read this book. This biography includes more details and images of her life, thoughts and dreams (as well as the events that took place) than I thought a two-hundred page book could contain. The pictures especially helped bring the story to life and put the reader in the setting of the story. I gave this book five stars. I thought it was extremely well written, contained the right amount of details, animated the story with photographs and did all of the above in a clear, easy-to-follow manner. The author covers all the bases of Anne Frank's life with a helpful timeline and even includes a glossary in back explaining words and information about the war that children may not be familiar with. I also liked the balance between information and photos; I felt that there was a good amount of both and they worked together to pique the reader's interest. The book made me feel sad and scared, as if I were living her life as she did. The preserved images have a way of brining you into that world which can be good and bad. I'm not sure there is a particular meaning that goes along with this book since it is a biography but I do think it is a great story and certainly an educational one. I think this would be a good addition to a classroom because it helps educate children about World War II through Anne's perspective, one they might easily relate to.

  • Ava
    2019-05-18 06:12

    I am currently reading Anne Franks diary, so I decided to pick this book up to and I am so glad I did!!! The pictures were amazing and this book I will never forget. It includes many photographs of Anne and her family before the war which I had never seen before! If you are interested in Anne Frank and want to look at her life, I highly suggest this book!

  • Amanda
    2019-05-28 06:47

    A beautiful arrangement of pictures shows the life that Anne Frank lived before and during her period in hiding.

  • Abbie Gerig
    2019-06-14 08:54

    Genre: BiographyGrades: 4-6This was a hard book to get through because I knew what was coming, but I didn't want it to happen. And it did not help that this book included photos from Anne Frank's diary and photo albums, as well as her own journal entries because it made her that more real. Her story is well known, but this book tries to tell it through her words and her pictures.

  • Caroline Shields
    2019-05-19 02:14

    Title: Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and PicturesAuthor: Menno Metselaar and Ruud van der Rol (Translated by Arnold J. Pomerans)Illustrator (if separate from author): Genre: Photographic Essay, BiographyTheme(s): Holocaust, Amsterdam, Jewish children in holocaust Opening line/sentence:One of my nicest presents (written next to a picture of her diary) Brief Book Summary:This book contains photos, pages from her diaries, and deep history. This book spans from 20 years and beyond and describes her life in Germany, in the Netherlands, and while in hiding. It is an interesting perspective with complementary photographs for an inspiring story. Professional Recommendation/Review #1:Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2009 (Vol. 77, No. 16)) Her diary, a Broadway play, a movie and countless books about Anne have brought her to life for every generation after World War II. This exemplary work, which combines many previously unseen photographs, pages from the diary and abundant historical context, has been produced from the archives of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. It s a treasure to hold and to read, created with great care and mission. The care has gone into the superb arrangement and presentation of information. The mission is to remind us all of the total destructiveness of evil. Anne s short life unfolds from her childhood to the years in the Secret Annex to the brief months in a concentration camp and her death. Her father s survival, the publication of the diary and its enormous success, the establishment of the Anne Frank House and the efforts to identify the betrayer follow. Readers will pore over the pictures, so typical of a family album, read diary excerpts penned by a young girl growing into a woman and see the actual buildings and locations. She was just one of more than 1,000,000 murdered children, but her writings made her iconic. A necessary purchase.Professional Recommendation/Review #2:Hazel Rochman (Booklist, Nov. 1, 2009 (Vol. 106, No. 5)) Starred Review* Both authoritative and accessible, this small square book, published in conjunction with the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and translated from the Dutch, offers the feel of an intense museum visit. Short quotes from Frank s Diary of a Young Girl, printed in bold type, are interspersed throughout the clear narrative, which covers both World War II history andthe Frank family s personal story. The heavily illustrated pages feature news photos of Nazi train transports and concentration camps, including Auschwitz, where Anne died; pages from Frank s scrapbook, featuring pictures of herself, her family, and the movie stars she loved; excerpts from the Diary, in Frank s handwriting; and photos of the Secret Annex, including the movable bookcase that hid the entrance and the now-empty rooms, stripped of furnishings as the Nazi raid left them; still visible, though, are the lines scratched on the wall where Frank s parents marked her height as she grew up in hiding. Readers will be enthralled by the intimate details andby the ongoing mystery of who betrayed the family, and they will want to talk about the heartbreaking quote from Otto Frank, who, after reading the Diary, realized that he never knew his daughter. With the additions of a map, a bibliography, and historical notes, this is a must for Diary readers and for the Holocaust curriculum. Response to Two Professional Reviews: I liked how the first review referred to this book as more of a family photo album with insights from Anne’s diary. The intimate details are exposed and I was able to visit the Anne Frank house before and saw those lines on the wall where her height was marked. Clearly Anne Frank has inspired countless people and to see her life unfold in this book is truly amazing and a great the Holocaust curriculum. Evaluation of Literary Elements:The tone of this book is serious, factual, and upsetting. But with the childhood pictures and parts of her diary, children can find similarities in the midst of the tragic situation she was in. The plot is minimal but touched on multiple parts of her life and readers can still see who Anne was at a person, even if she wrote her diary at such a young age. Consideration of Instructional Application:Some of the pictures and context is very heavy and intense for children: including pictures of children at the holocaust and other concentration camp pictures. Depending on the class, it is still history and important for students to know what was happening during that time period. This is easily an introduction to World War II and the holocaust. A writing activity that could be done would be to write a letter to Anne Frank or write a journal entry about how you would feel if you were in the annex for that long.

  • Kim
    2019-05-30 04:11

    I found this book very interesting and the pictures were interesting to look at.

  • Anne Catesby
    2019-06-06 04:55

    Anne Frank: Her life in words and pictures is a great picture book for younger children. Everyone knows the story of Anne Frank but this book takes information that was discovered about Anne and her family along with pictures and excerpts from her diary to make this book. I have read the Diary of Anne Frank and while many of the pieces of the diary are used it makes the messages even more meaningful that she was writing about because they had informative pictures of Anne and her family throughout the years as well as actual pieces from her diary in the book. It was also nice because there were explanations next to every picture so that people reading this book along with younger children would know what it was a picture of or why the picture might be important.This would be a great book for younger readers and even some older readers. However, on some pages of the book there are lengthy explanations as well as longer diary pieces but if these were read aloud to children then they would enjoy the pictures placed throughout the book on their own. Even though this is a devastating story of Anne, her family, and the other Jewish people who were affected by Hitler it was very nice to see how much love Anne had for everyone and how much of a positive outlook she had on her life and the life of others even though what was going on.This would be a great book for children because even though it is sad at times it is still very informative with the information that is told and it is appropriate for younger children. Many of the things in her actually diary may be hard for some children to read.Even though this book can be sad at time I would still keep this book in my classroom and I would use it when I was talking about the history surrounding the war. This is such an important piece of history and this book gives us such a great insight into Anne Franks life and what she and the other Jewish people had to go through during the time Hitler was in power.I would recommend this book to anyone for their own personal reading along with reading for younger children. I feel that even though children would like this book they would need to be older and have some prior history lessons before really getting into this book.

  • Isabella Madison
    2019-06-15 04:09

    It was interesting to read about a little girl who had a short life, and how she struggled to survie the war.

  • Allison Moore
    2019-06-01 08:49

    "Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures" is a biography of Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl who grew up during World War II and the Holocaust. The book begins by describing Anne's life growing up in Amsterdam. Anne was a part of a family of four, which included her father, Otto, her mother, Edith, and her sister, Margot. Near Anne's 13th birthday, the Nazi's began to invade Amsterdam, where the Franks lived. On July 6, 1942 the family decided to go into hiding to avoid being captured by Nazis. While in hiding, Anne kept a diary that would later become a famous piece of literature across the world. This biography is told through words and pictures, which truly helps readers capture the essence of life during the Holocaust. While it is considered a biography, the book also includes excerpts from Anne Frank's infamous diary, which gives a first-person perspective to the story. While I do not think this is an appropriate text for independent reading in grades 3-5, I would love to use this as a read aloud for fifth grade. The book discusses some tough topics in a way that is easier and less harsh for young students to understand. The pictures throughout the book and the excerpts from the diary allow readers to make personal connections with the text. This biography would be good to read aloud during the US history unit in fifth grade. While it is not about the United States, it gives another perspective on World War II. Using this book as a read aloud would spark many meaningful discussions and could be used for great writing activities in the classroom!

  • Lauren
    2019-05-28 10:13

    I thought that this book was interesting on how it explained Anne's life. The words that were used do describe the disparity that was put among Anne, her family, friends, and Jews everywhere, made me picture this in my head. It showed pictures of Anne's house and where she went for hiding and what the camps that she went to looked like. This book made me wonder how such a wonderful girl could be killed because of her religion. I really enjoyed learning about Anne Frank and what her life was like growing up until her death. The pictures in the book also showed her as a baby with her family and at the beach and in school and with her friends. The pictures described a big part of the book for me, they also helped me visualize what was going on and where it took place. This book was hard for me to read, not because of the level of reading, but because of all the emotion placed into words into the book. The torture of the story was so heartbreaking and so real, I felt as if I was in the room with Anne watching everything happen. I think that every kid should read this book, because it teaches you a good lesson about what happened to Anne and how she made an impact on millions of people's lives and how she touched millions of people's hearts. I think that there is only one good thing that came out of Anne's death, that is that after dying, her father received her diary from one of his employs and was able to share it with the world.

  • BriAhearn
    2019-06-07 05:02

    Her name is synonymous with the Holocaust. Millions of children read her biography every year in classrooms worldwide. And yet she was only fifteen old when she wrote the words that were her shining light through a time of darkness, and remain a call for peace and tolerance to this day:“It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart."Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures from the Archives of the Anne Frank House by Menno Metselaar, Ruud van der Rol, and translated by Arnold J. Pomerans was published in September 2009, in partnership with The Anne Frank House. Half art piece, half biography, it’s a fascinating look at the little-seen life of the Franks. The book is slim in design, but well-illustrated throughout, with the power of Anne’s words amplified by an accompanying picture. The images, numerous, are captivating, haunting: Anne and Margot’s school pictures, the Annex, concentration camp victims, the wedding of her parents, and other private moments from the Franks’ lives.A friend of mine sums up Anne’s life and words with this statement: “There’s a lesson in brevity.. her life, her words…her world even, could be seen as small but…they wound up being so powerful.”Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures brings us into that world and offers readers a wider lens of the Anne behind the diary.

  • Madison Daub
    2019-06-16 07:14

    I chose to read a biography book. I chose a book about Anne Frank by Menno Metselaar. I like this book because even though I already knew the story about Anne Frank and her family, this book gives excerpts from her diary and photos of her and her family. Her family tried to hide from the Nazi's and after 2 years of hiding they found the family. Anne kept a diary throughout the tough times and talked about all of her struggles. The diary turned out to be truly inspirational. I think this book would be good for grade 5th and up. This book shows pictures of her and it really shows children how she just lived a normal life as a child and then everything was turned upside down. In the middle of the book it shows a lot of pictures of not only Anne and her family but of other Jewish families who were in the Nazi death camps at the time. Otto Frank was the only one who survived from the family and he was there when they opened the attic up to the public in 1960 when it was a tourist attraction. This book gives a lot of good information and I really think children will enjoy reading this book because of the real life stories that happen in this book.

  • Erin Feller
    2019-06-08 01:51

    personal reaction This is the perfect book to tell the story of Anne Frank. I loved the use of pictures. This biography would be very easy for a student to follow along with and engage in. I even learned new things I didn't know about Anne Frank from reading this book. Use in the classroom This is an biography I would keep stocked on my personal classroom bookshelf. It would be great to have students read independently for either a history unit or just for entertainment with history loving students. I also think this would be the perfect book for students to use during a research project. If researching historical people, the pictures from the real house where Anne Frank would really add to the students project. This book could also be used for a discussion on valid references. The archives of the Anne Frank House is obviously a great, valid, reliable resource. Other This book also had awesome information on the whole Frank family and what went on in their personal lives. This book doesn't read like typical biographies but in the best way possible!

  • Lisavon Blanckensee
    2019-06-10 06:54

    CLIP LEVEL 1B, 1C, 2A - I would use this book again.This book was a great introduction to Anne Frank and WWII to use with a middle level ESL students. It has rich vocabulary, but the language is straight forward. It is easy for students to follow, it is organized into chronological sections. The historical background and events leading up to the Franks going into hiding are well developed in the first four sections(1925-1933/1933/1934-1939/1940-1942). This gives ample opportunity to discuss/teach the time period, Hitlers rise to power, and the Anti-Jewish acts. The book is filled with images from the ANNE FRANK HOUSE archives. It also includes a facsimile of her diary, which I had never seen, and which made reading her words all the more personal. Excerpts from Anne's diary are interlaced and supported with historical information and descriptions of what was happening outside the Annex. The students enjoyed it more than Number the Stars (maybe because I liked it more?) Read their reviews on goodreads.

  • Moni Smith
    2019-05-27 08:53

    I remember being very touched by The Diary of Anne Frank when I was a kid. I would have really liked this book as a companion. It includes lots of snapshots of Anne and her family, as well as pictures from her diary. The book includes a biography of her life and what happened to her when she was arrested and sent to Westerbork and then to Auschwitz. One of the reviewers had reservations about the section regarding the Concentration camps and whether or not it is appropriate for kids. I think it is. At least some kids. I read all kinds of books on the Holocaust as a child (after reading Anne Frank) and there were more gruesome pictures in the books I read than the ones in this. I was deeply affected by these pictures and remember the way I felt when I looked at them to this day. But I don't think it was bad that I was exposed to them at a young age. It didn't mess me up psychologically. If anything it made me more compassionate about human suffering.

  • Lucy
    2019-05-29 04:10

    A very illustrated biography of Anne Frank, the young girl who wrote a diary during World War II Amsterdam, and died in a concentration camp. Quotes from her diaries, photos of her writing, many pictures of her and her family and friends. Also photos of the Secret Annex, both at the time and more recently. Generic photos of life in the camps.Highly recommended. The book is marketed for 9- to 12-year-olds but it really belongs to us all, and should be carefully approached for the younger audience. The scenes in the camps both in text and in photos may be disturbing to sensitive children. Young adults and adults should all read this. This really happened. It happened to people you might have known had you lived at that time. Fairly ordinary people, just like you.One thing I'm glad of: it told what happened to each of the people who hid in the Annex. It also leaves open the question of who betrayed them.

  • Nicole Prescott
    2019-05-22 06:10

    I have always had a fascination with Anne Frank and her amazing life and survival during the Holocaust. I have read her diary and loved it, so I knew this book would be no different. The pictures and photographs in this book are incredible. The photos of Anne Franks secret annex brought the story to life and I felt a connection and compassion with for what she went through as a young girl. The photographs of the concentration camps and gas chambers were difficult to look at, but unfortunately that is the truth of what happened and there is no way to hide or "sugar coat" the horrible events that took place. Those images may be too difficult or mature for some younger students to look at, but children can be prefaced and told ahead of time what they display and why they are in the book. Overall, I loved this book and found it to be very emotional yet allowed me to feel even more compassion and admiration for Anne Frank.**Biography**

  • BeautifulOblivion
    2019-05-22 08:50

    Before I even began reading Anne's diary, I went to my local library and picked out this. It gave me some info about Anne's life...with pictures and some few captions, of course. I think before reading the diary you have to check out a biography first. That way you won't get confused along the way while reading the auto-biography. I'm not saying Anne's diary is 100% understandable (which, at some parts, it wasn't) so I think it was good reading a biography first than just jumping ahead and reading the real thing.This biography was really helpful. It gave me some insights about Anne. Although, I also have to say, it isn't the real thing. Anne's diary is full with details about her everyday life in the "Secret Annex", this however, was just giving me a brief detail on her life. The pictures did help, along with the captions. So of course this biography did help...a lot.

  • Karen
    2019-05-18 04:46

    I picked up this amazing book intending to just browse the pictures. I ended up reading it cover-to-cover and found I simply couldn't put it down. Yes, I already knew the story of Anne Frank but this version is an entirely different experience. The fascinating archival photographs (combined with relatively short text and well-chosen excerpts from the diary) bring Anne to life for the reader in a very powerful way. The images of actual pages from Anne's diary are especially effective. This little book deserves all the accolades it's gotten and will really help students understand the meaning of primary sources! It doesn't take long to read and it's time very well spent. For more info, read theNY Times book review.

  • Trish
    2019-06-03 07:49

    This book is really moving. It is a quick read and combines entries from Anne's diary with pictures from her diary, as well as pictures taken by others. It also has "narration" that gives information about the war, others involved in hiding the Frank family, and some explanation as to Annes feelings since the whole diary is not used. I think this book is even more powerful than her diary itself because you still see her words, but you also get a visual and can really identify her and her family as people. To think of the horrific things that were done and how her family and millions of others suffered is incredibly difficult, and this book brings that to light. It also, however, brings Otto Frank's (Annes father)attitude about being positive and not dwelling on the past, but learning from it. A great read, especially if you liked Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl.

  • Emily
    2019-05-30 02:10

    I sat down and read this book last night. It does not matter how many books I have read about the Holocaust, each one moves me to tears. The pictures in this book are phenomenal. The words, those of a teenage girl not so different from those moody girls of today, are timeless. As I read, my daughter came over and started to read with me. "Who is this?" she asked. I was shocked to know that she had no idea about Anne Frank, but knew about the Holocaust because they had read an Eve Bunting picture book at school about it. Our children must know. So I took her on the photo journey of Anne and told her the story. She was really quiet and looked at the pictures on her own. I told her that through it all, Anne still believed that people were still good. Thank you Anne. You live on today, from one generation to the next.

  • Sharlene
    2019-06-12 09:50

    This was a book that was easy to put down and pick back up again, which suits my current lifestyle. I liked seeing the pictures along with parts of the diary and some background information. It gave the diary context. This was a book that gave me new perspective, which I like---although it is uncomfortable at times. We had a literary discussion last night, in which a BYU professor spoke about books. He suggested that some of your reading some of the time should be uncomfortable. The risk is that it will change you---But, that is not the worst risk. The real risk is stasus (where everything you read only confirms what you already think or know, and there is nothing new/gained.) He talked about appreciating literature's central role in our development.

  • Tena Edlin
    2019-06-06 08:57

    I'm so glad I read this book after reading Anne Frank's diary in its entirety. The pictures. The pictures. It's so moving to see the faces and to see the actual pages of the diary. A quote by Primo Levy at the end of the book was especially moving to me. He said, "Perhaps it had to be that this one Anne Frank moves us more than all of the other countless victims whose names remain unknown. If we had to share, and could share, the suffering of each one of them, we should be unable to go on living." We feel like we know Anne. And that feeling gives us a glimpse into the senseless tragedy of the Holocaust. If we had more than a glimpse, we probably couldn't bear it.