Claudine, a French Jewish girl, goes to live with relatives in
America during WWII, shortly after her eighth birthday. As a gift,
she had received Violette, a doll onto whose cape she had sewn a
tiny yellow star, the hated symbol all Jews had been forced to
wear. After a shipboard fire, Claudine loses her belongings,
including Violette. Eventually, her father joins her in New York
and brings the terrible news of her mother's death. At war's end,
Claudine and Papa return to France, hoping to reclaim their lives,
but they no longer feel at home there. She and Papa move back to
New York and Claudine, a skilled writer, continues to pen stories.
Then comes a wonderful surprise. This tender offering for younger
readers would have been more affecting had McDonough not told it
from an adult's viewpoint; her coolly detached present-tense voice
distances readers from Claudine's tale. Root's gentle, delicate
paintings balance the grim realities. (Fiction. 8-12) (Kirkus
A tender story about the power of love in the face of loss
Nine-year-old Claudine doesn't want to leave her much-loved home
in France to go live in America, not without her parents. But she
knows about the shortages, about the yellow stars Jews must wear,
and about Adolf Hitler. And she knows that there are some things
she needs to do even when she doesn't want to. It's wartime, and
there is much that is different now. There are more things that
Claudine will lose to this terrible war. But not everything that is
lost must be lost forever. Here is a moving story about lost and
found lives, and the healing power of love.
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