Number the Stars Book Diary by Farrah


I think that war is two different things depending on the person you ask. If you asked me about war I would say, "War is just a way to solve a disagreement in violence at times when words are too weak. That means there is a disagreement so strong that anger is building up and teasing violence. People no longer can or WILL hold there patients on this disagreement. Then war is a consideration too strong to resist and is bound to solve the problem. Or not, who knows? If you asked someone else about war they would probably think of guns, canons, blood, explosions, camouflage, and sometimes they might say "problems".

In World War II, people in those countries probably felt sorrowful, depressed, terrorized, hopeless and defenseless. They were being treated terribly wrong and could not do anything about it, they had no way to protect themselves or their children.


What do you think about when you think about neighbors? I think that neighbors are okay in my experience. My last 3 houses have been without many neighbors. My 1st two houses were in neighborhoods with good people. The only bad experience I've ever had with neighbors has been the kind of creepy people with haunted houses.

If there was a war going on and my neighborhood was affected, I would realistically respond by finding the most protected areas and putting the youngest and oldest people there. The middle aged people would be there most to protect, provide, and keep people calm.


Based on THE AMAZING RACE, what do you predict NUMBER THE STARS will be about? (Conflict, plot, characterization, theme????) I think that NUMBER THE STARS will be about how the good and bad people make a difference in the world, in this case, war. In World War II, soldiers weren't the only ones battling for their life, their families' at home were being attacked and bombed with no weapons to defend themselves. So I think that this book will be about conflict and people standing by each others' side.

(Reminder, the names of the tasks you accomplished were MAP, INVASION, NEUTRAL, RESISTANCE, ESCAPE, and CAPTURE.


Mama says, "Be one of many." because she doesn't want her daughter to be recognized by the soldiers again, so that she doesn't get in trouble. I think this means: if she does something else wrong and is caught by on of those soldiers, the soldiers will start looking for her and they will find that her family isn't actually neutral.

"Well; Annemarie said slowly, "now I think that all of Denmark must be bodyguard for the Jews, as well." (page 25)

What would it look like for Denmark and/or the Johansens to be a bodyguard for the Jews? I think that some of the people will not participate because their jobs are to protect the king, possibly even die for him.I also think that at some point the king won't be as protected because there are other people of Denmark to worry about. He might find that as a threat and become imperious.

At the end of chapter 3, Annmarie felt worried because her friend, Ellen, and Ellen’s family was in danger and Annmarie wasn’t deep down sure if she would actually die to protect them. She started to be thankful that her family was protected, she was just ordinary, she didn’t need to worry about her family’s safety because she wasn’t Jewish. Her family wasn’t going to be traumatized by obnoxious soldiers who don’t respect or have any manners for anyone but themselves.

In chapter 5, her feelings related to chapter 3, when she didn’t know if she would die to protect her friend and her family. In chapter 5, she makes the decision to protect her friend by ripping the jewish necklace off of Ellen’s neck because the soldiers would have known that she was jewish and Ellen would have been taken away.

The Star of David being imprinted on Annemarie’s hand could be more than it seems to mean. I think that it means that Annemarie is now deciding that she is no longer neutral, she is Jewish.


We just read 12, 13, and 14. In those chapters, all of the Jews were on their way to Sweden. It was dark and Mama was leading the way to the boat that would transport them to Sweden. After Mama had lead them to their destination, she was on her way back and she tripped on the almost invisible tree roots that had almost covered the entire path. It was pitch black and she was unable to stand up or put any pressure on the foot she had landed on. She was afraid she had broken her foot. She was then inching her way back. She was so tired, cold, scared, she had been up all night and it was 4:30 in the morning. Annmarie was told that Mama would be back by 3:30. Annmarie woke up knowing that her mom was not home yet. Annmarie saw her mom in the pitch black dark and she darted out into the dark knowing that her mom was not in good shape. She helped Mama walk back home. They then discovered a packet that Mama knew belonged to Uncle Henrick. He was with the other Jews on his way to Sweden in a boat not far out yet. The secret packet was important and needed to be given back to Uncle Henrick. Mama told Annmarie to run as fast as she could and give it to him under a basket of fruit so that if she was interrupted by anyone like a soldier, she could act as if she was a little girl giving her Uncle the lunch that he had forgotten. She was stopped by some soldiers and dogs at the end of the path and that was when the chapter ended. I predict hat what will happen next chapter is Annmarie will choke up while giving the soldiers the excuse her Mama told her to use and the soldiers will try to take her away and she will do something very brave to escape.



Papa rubbed his chin for a moment, thinking.

This is an example of man vs. self because man vs. self means thinking to yourself, and making decisions on your own. He is making a decision about what the safest thing to do is on a school day for Annmarie and Ellen. He decides to have them stay with Annmarie's parents because the soldiers might look in the schools for Jewish children. I knew this was a good example of man vs. self because people rub their chins and think when they are concentrating and making decisions.


'With them, straining at taut leashes, were two large dogs, their eyes glittering, their lips curled.'

This is an example of man vs. nature because dogs are nature and the viscous dogs wanted to kill her. Annmarie was on her way to deliver something to her uncle Henrick in the middle of the night. She was unexpectedly stopped by soldiers. What the Annmarie learned from this conflict was that being yourself is fine. The way she learned that was because she was acting like her little sister that didn't care what anyone thought about her. Annmarie always thought that her sister was foolish for acting so confident in front of soldiers but, that was really the best thing to do. I know that this is an example of man vs. nature because dogs are animals, and animals are nature, and the dogs were against Annmarie, so, that makes man vs. nature.







"She was stocky ten-year-old, unlike lanky Annmarie." (page 1)

Based on this sentence, stocky sounds like the word stiff, and lanky sounds like the word loose. These words are describing describing character's looks.

Lanky means tall and skinny. Stocky means bulky or thickset.

Suffix: -y, relating to or filled with; Other words: messy, cheesy, lucky



But Annmarie heard Mama and Papa talk, sometimes at night, about the news they receives that way: news of sabotage against Nazis, bombs hidden and exploded in the factories that produced war materials, and industrial railroad lines damaged so that the goods couldn't be transported. ( page 8 )





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