Number the Stars Book Diary By Courtney

War

War is very scary. For the people that choose to be in any type of war and helps their country, they should be proud of what they do. They are fighting for them, their family, their friends and most importantly their country. War is scary because anything can happen. You don't know if they'll ever come back home.

I feel bad for anyone that has a loved one in the war. Of course they should be proud but when me and my brother grow up if he decided one day he wants to join the army, I would support him but be so scared what would happen. All I could have is hope.

Community

Neighbors can be so annoying but then again fun. Annoying because not all but most of them, are almost always in our bussieness. But then again its kinda fun in the winter when we all have a big snow ball fight and pretend it's different wars.

If a war was going on in our neighborhood or we were in danger, me and my neighbors would probably all stick together. I would try my best to not be annoyed. They are pretty amazing though, there is a really adorable little girl and I would always help them. If there was war I would hope that we would stick together.

Number the Stars

I think that Number the Stars will mostly be about war. Based on The Amazing Race we learned that it is about the Jewish, being unfair, and resistance. It talked about how people thought just because someone is different means they are bad people and they should be captured and taken away from everyone else that is mostly the same. Based on the cover of the book, I think there will be someone younger maybe narrating the book because the cover shows someone young and they aren't an adult so maybe they are showing their point of view for the war and maybe it's a story of her childhood or maybe her life?

Literary Analysis

1. Mama said "Be one of many." I think this means that she should stay with groups more often and be good so she isn't a target for the soldiers. Because if she is bad she could make them upset and if she is with a group there are more faces so it'll be harder to remember just one face. (Pages 8 & 9)

2.

"What would it be look like for Denmark and/or the Johansens to be a body guard for the Jews??" My answer for this will have to be it could either be a easy ,or a hard job. Protecting them is very kind but it makes them a better target if the soldiers find out they are being protected and where they are. If they don't get caught that would be great and not only the Jews ,but the people protecting them won't be as big of a target.

Predictions

We just read about how she put a packet in the bottom of the packet and covered it up with food and a napkin and then went off into the woods herself because her mom tripped on roots and flew across the yard and broke her ankle. She ended up seeing growling dogs in the woods as she turned. I predict that the soldiers will ask her what is in the basket and she will act as she is supposed to, like a little girl. She will say its food that she is bringing to her uncle and they will ask to see everything in the basket. They’ll ask and then she will take out the food except for the napkin so they can’t see the packet. They’ll see the packet and they’ll ask to see in it and they may be caught unless whats in the packet isn’t all that bad.

At the end of chapter 3 I think Annemarie was scared of how there were soldiers that were looking for her best friend and her family. Not only them but all the jewish people. She was probably upset too of wondering if she’d ever see them again. She couldn’t even go to one of her favorite shops because the owner is jewish and has to leave and hide otherwise everyone would be captured.

In chapter 5 I think she was just happy to have the soldiers gone because she was terrified that they would get caught. Luckly her sister that had passed had dark hair when she was a baby so they could use her as a cover up so Ellen wouldn’t get caught. Ellen was probably terrified. Annemarie is lucky they didn’t ask to search anyone otherwise they would’ve caught the star of david necklace in her hand.

Ellen was probably really upset that the necklace she never took off was taken off and held her future of being captured or not in Annemarie’s hand. Once the soldiers left I think Annemarie’s hand probably ached badly because she was holding the necklace in her hand so tight that it left a mark of the star of david. I think it won’t reflect their relationship of being best friends because they have been together since they were young. Best friends stay together no matter what.

In chapter 5 I think she was just happy to have the soldiers gone because she was terrified that they would get caught. Luckly her sister that had passed had dark hair when she was a baby so they could use her as a cover up so Ellen wouldn’t get caught. Ellen was probably terrified. Annemarie is lucky they didn’t ask to search anyone otherwise they would’ve caught the star of david necklace in her hand.

At the end of chapter 3 I think Annemarie was scared of how there were soldiers that were looking for her best friend and her family. Not only them but all the jewish people. She was probably upset too of wondering if she’d ever see them again. She couldn’t even go to one of her favorite shops because the owner is jewish and has to leave and hide otherwise everyone would be captured.

Conflict

Theme

Vocabulary Words

Lanky & Stocky

"She was a stocky ten-year-old, unlike lanky Annemarie" (page 1)

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

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

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

Sabotage

"But Annemarie heard Mama and Papa talk, sometimes at night,about the news they received that way: news of sabotage against the 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)

It was used in the sentence to describe how the Nazis are being sabotaged. The theme (or life lesson) is don't trust everyone you see, their smile and kindness could easily be fake. The definition of sabotage is to damage something on purpose.

Defiant

""My little sister." She reached down for Kirsti's hand, but Kirsti, always stubborn, refused it and put her hands on her hips defiantly. "(Page 4)

The word defiant's definition is refusing to obey or disapproval. In this sentence it explains how Kirsti refused her sister's hand and put her hand on her hips. She was refusing to obey because Kirsti had to hold Annemarie's hand on the street because she is to young to just run around on her own.

Solemn

"Thinking of Lise, her solemn, loving sister, always made her sad." (page 13)

They said solemn to describe serious. The actual definition of solemn is serious. A solemn face is when you just don't even make a face. No smile, no pose, no nothing just a serious face. Solemn can also mean you might be mad if you just have a solemn face. This sentence from

Ration

"It was so long a time since they had dared to use the strictly rationed electricity after dark that the light in the room startled Annemarie, watching through the slightly opened bedroom door." (Page 43)

Rationed means to save something for a certain amount of time. In the sentence above rationed means that they were saving the electricity and using it as minimal as possible. There is a war going on and I'm sure that the leaders of the town and the soldiers are making everyone stop using their electricity. They are most likely saving it for the soldiers.

Imperious

"Ellen stood on tiptoe again, and made an imperious gesture with her arm." (page 39)

Imperious's definition is a ruler that abuses power. In the example given, I think it means that the gesture she made with her arm is probably sassy and maybe royal-ish so it was defined as imperious.

Tentative

"Ellen and Annemarie both smiled tentatively." (page 50)

The definition of tentative is unsure or nervous. Where it said that Ellen and Annemarie smiled tentatively it means that they were smiling nervously.

Imprint

Obstinate

Wailed

Contempt

Man v.s Self

Man v.s self is a self explainitory word. A scene in Number The Stars that used this conflict was kind of towards the end. It was when Annemarie went into the woods and met the soldiers and saw the dogs. It was a man v.s self because she had to make a quick decision of what to do and had to keep making decisions because more and more questions were asked. She learned that the handkerchief was just a cloth with a chemical on it that makes the dogs loose their sense of smell so that the dogs can't find anyone like the people that are trying to escape.

Man v.s Nature

Man v.s nature is when a human has a problem or gets hurt just by nature. In Number The Stars the book has this problem with her mother and the yard. She was very quickly running home when she tripped on a root and broke her ankle. She learned that she needs to watch her step more often and pay more attention to things especially like this.

Man v.s Society

Man v.s society is when someone is against a group of people or a public place. In Number The Stars this book's scene that describes this is basically the whole entire book. The people that are in charge of Denmark wanted all the jewish people captured yet they did nothing wrong. Ellen is Annemarie's best friend and they're jewish so she tries to find out a way that Ellen and her parents can escape.

Man v.s Man

Man v.s man is when two people are fighting or having a disagreement or something like that. This book shows man v.s man with the soldiers and Annemarie. When she met the soldiers in the woods they wouldn't let her just leave when she had nothing to hide. They refused to let her just bring the basket to uncle Henrick when she covered up a package with bread, cheese, and some fruit. They insisted on searching the basket and ended up breaking the bread and giving it to the dogs. The only thing left was cheese and fruit.

Theme of NTS

Actions speak louder than words

Number the Stars is a great book. I think the theme of the book is actions speak louder than words. I think this because of all the things they did shows how brave and kind they are. No one had to say anything just from their actions you can tell that they are brave, kind, strong and just plain out happy people to be around. They want to have fun but when they need to be serious they are. You can tell by their actions that they would help anyone they care about in every way possible. The reason I choose flowers that shape a heart is because it represents love and love can be an action not only a word. Flowers because it describes nature and they do almost everything in nature obviously because they are helping people escape. An example from the beginning is when the soldiers stopped Annemarie, her little sister came and basically saved her with out knowing it. Thanks to her the girls didn't get in trouble. An example from the end of the book of course is helping the jewish people escape. Not only Ellen and her family but other families too.

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