Island on bird street By Lizzy Guy

A review on Island on Bird Street by Uri Orlev

Summary-Island on bird street (Chapter 1-6) is about Alex who cares for his family members and his pet mouse, Snow. When he is hiding in a factory one day, soldiers come and say they are going to do a selection. Alex's friend Boruch tells him to hide in a broken down building until they are done. Alex runs to the building with Boruch and Boruch leaves him there with some supplies such as a flashlight, and a pistol. Since Alex cares for his family so much, he then decides to go find his pet mouse, Snow, who has been left in their apartment the whole time.
Alex is Jewish and living in a ghetto before the selection. It has been 3 years into the war when the book first takes place. The author gets the point across by talking through Alex in first person.

Protagonist-Alex (Main character)

Antagonist-Hitler (Main bad character, even though not talk about it book)

Flat-Boruch (Does not change throughout book)

Round-Alex's dad (Complex, will fight but not the main character)

Dynamic-Alex (Use to life before the war, had to start thinking differently)

Exposition-In the exposition, we learn where Alex lives, what time it is during the war, and what religion (Jewish) Rising action-During the rising action,we learn that Alex's dad plans to rebel against the Germans and the Germans come to their factory in the ghetto for a selection. A;ex then goes to the broken down building. Main conflict- A conflict is when Alex's dad and Boruch are fighting over Alex for his safety. Another conflict is when Alex is watching soldiers hit his dad and his dad says something that makes the soldiers laugh and back away. We don't know if it was a sarcastic laugh or a happy laugh though.

Flitting (Chapter 4)- moving swiftly and lightly

Galitsiyaners (Chapter 5)- a subdivision of the Ashkenazim geographically originating from Galicia, from western Ukraine

Pogram(Chapter 6)- A pogrom is a violent riot aimed at the massacre or persecution of an ethnic or religious group

Beretta(Chapter 1)- a stiff square cap with three or four upright projecting pieces extending from the center of the top to the edge, worn by ecclesiastics

Zionism(Chapter 2)-protection of a Jewish nation

Figurative Language

(Chapter 1) " 'It would be better' father said once, 'if it were simply erased from all the history books. As though he had never existed.' " This is an example of an hyperbole because that couldn't happen.

(Chapter 4) " I was born with a 'hat on' and anyone born with a 'hat on' was supposed to have good luck. What that really meant, mother said, was that some babies were born with part of the sac that enclosed them in the womb still over their heads." This is an example on an idiom. I know because it has a meaning but the "hat on" is not literal.

(Chapter 5) "Pan Gryn jumped up like a man with a snake in his pants and looked like he were going to brain me." This is an example of a simile because it compares him to a snake and a man who were "going to brain" while using the word like.

(Chapter 4)" I took my life in my hands" This is an example of a hyperbole because it is not literal.


This is a clip from the Island on Bird Street movie.

This clip relates to the selection chapter because in the clip, you see Alex running for a broken down building, which he does when the selection is taking place.

Choice activity

People are people

Many people have gone through prejudice and unfair treatment. For example, women were not allowed to vote until 1920, African Americans were not given fair treatment until the Brown vs. The Board of Education, and the Jews were treated like slaves, and killed, during the holocaust.

Delibrate acts of kindness

Many people during the holocaust risked their life to try and helped Jews. Some times it helped and sometimes it did not and they were caught. The people in hiding are helped by Otto Frank’s four employees: Miep Gies, Johannes Kleiman, Victor Kugler and Bep Voskuijl. Miep’s husband Jan Gies helps too; and Bep’s father Jan Voskuijl is also involved. Anne Frank once said "Never have they uttered a single word about the burden we must be, never have they complained that we were too much trouble. They come upstairs every day and talk to the men about business and politics, to the women about food and wartime difficulties and to the children about books and newspapers."

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Elizabeth Guy


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