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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Star of Fear, Star of Hope
by Jo Hoestlandt
Age Range: 6-8
Set in France during the Nazi occupation, Helen doesn’t understand why her best friend Lydia, must wear a yellow star on her clothes. Helen and Lydia are celebrating Helen’s ninth birthday when the Nazis begin another round up of the Jews. Lydia is anxious to get back home to her mother and Helen’s father agrees to take her there and warn her family. Upset with Lydia for leaving so suddenly, Helen cries out, “You’re not my friend anymore!” never guessing how much she will regret those parting words. She does not understand the significance of what is occurring only that her birthday has been spoilt.
This is an extraordinarily moving picture book that is neither maudlin nor sensational. Beautifully illustrated by Johanna Kang, it offers a gentle way of introducing the difficult topic of the Holocaust to a young audience.
Star of Fear, Star of Hope won the Graphics Prize at the Bologna Book Fair (1994), the Sydney Taylor Book Award (1996) and Mildred Batchelder Award Honor Book (1996).