Friday, October 12, 2012

The Yellow Star - The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark written by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Henri Sorensen - Giveaway/Review

About Book

Without the yellow star to point them out, the Jews looked like any other Danes.

For centuries, the Star of David was a symbol of Jewish pride. But during World War II, Nazis used the star to segregate and terrorize the Jewish people. Except in Denmark. When Nazi soldiers occupied his country, King Christian X of Denmark committed himself to keeping all Danes safe from harm.

The bravery of the Danes and their king during that dangerous time has inspired many legends. The most enduring is the legend of the yellow star, which symbolizes the loyalty and fearless spirit of the king and his people.

Award-winning author and storyteller Carmen Deedy has poignantly recreated this legend, which is accompanied by Danish illustrator Henri Sørensen's arresting full-color portraits. The result is a powerful and dignified story of heroic justice, a story for all people and all times.

For more details about the Nazi occupation of Denmark during World War II and the Danish resistance movement, please click here.

The Yellow Star is an excellent resource to introduce your students to the power of a legend. Check out the Teachers Guide!

Ages 8-12
Published by Peachtree Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-56145-208-8
  • Total Pages: 32
  • Size: 9 1/2 x 11

Where to Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble

About Carmen

Carmen Agra Deedy is a New York Times bestselling author and has been writing and traveling around the world telling stories for more than twenty years. Her books, including 14 Cows for America, The Library Dragon, The Yellow Star, and Martina the Beautiful Cockroach have received numerous awards and honors. Carmen has performed in many prestigious venues, but children are her favorite audience. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the United States as a refugee and like most immigrants sees the world from multiple perspectives.

Carmen Agra Deedy participates in the Authors in Schools program

You can visit Carmen Agra Deedy’s website here.

About Illustrator

Henri Sorensen has illustrated over twenty books for children, including The Yellow Star, The Printer, and Christmas in the Trenches. He is also the author-illustrator of two children's books, New Hope and Your First Step. Sorensen lives in Denmark.

You can visit Henri Sorensen’s website here.

My Thoughts

The Legend of The of King Christian X of Denmark has been researched in hope of finding facts to prove it truthful.  But none has proven as fact.

In 1940 when King Christian X was reigning King of Denmark he was seen daily, riding his horse through the streets without need of a bodyguard.  He kindly greeted his fellow Danes.  There was no prejudice among the people of Denmark all were Danes. 

Then came the Nazis trying to force division of the Jews from the Danes ordering the Jews to wear a yellow star which would set them apart from others. This did not set well with their King.  He would not let his people be humiliated in such a way. 

This month of October is National Bullying Prevention Month. So what a great book to read about bullying in a most extreme way.  The Nazis were the apedemy of bullying.  They showed prejudice and cruelty towards all Jews. 


The Yellow Star is an excellent book for teachers, librarians and children to add to their bookshelf.

It is educational in many ways, such as World War II, prejudice, loyalty, heroic justice and more.

The illustrations are very surreal as to capturing the timeline of 1940 Denmark and it's people.  This illustrations are a good fit with the author's writing. 

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

I recieved a free copy of this book from Peachtree for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.
It is my own opinion.

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Now for the giveaway 
of one Hardcover copy of The Yellow Star
one winner
provided by Peachtree Publishers
giveaway will be October 12-18, 2012. 

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  1. I didn't know it was anti-bullying month. I only knew that we had mental health awareness month in October. I would love to win this book. (tracycrft89at gmaildotcom.)

    1. Thanks for your entry!

      I googled it and found some great post about how schools and individuals are getting involved.

    2. Winner of the Giveaway is Tracy @rainbowheartlove



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