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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit – Judith Kerr. Reviewed by Banana Girl (9)

This story starts in 1933. Anna lives the ordinary life of most German children, along with her brother, Max, parents and housekeeper. One day however, Anna wakes up to find her father’s bed empty. When she asked her mother where he was her mother says that he went away to Switzerland, for he was worried that Hitler and the Nazis will win the election. Now that may not sound too bad, but what the Nazis hated more than anything else, was Jews, and they just happened to be some of those Jews.

They live quite happily in Switzerland, in which Anna makes new friends as well as brief enemies. But their father who gets his money by writing a column for the Daily newspaper, is not being payed enough so they move to France and learn to speak in French, write in French and do all of the French traditions. The first two are easier said than done. But it is all worth it as Anna wins a prize at school for an essay she wrote in French! ( That is much higher than my standards!)

Unfortunately, to save money, the newspaper Anna’s father works for are making the newspaper’s shorter so yet again the family are short of money. So now they have to travel to England…

I abserlootly love this book because it is a semi autobiography of a girl escaping from the Nazis, but she grew up to be a famous author writing many famous books i.e. “The Tiger Who Came to Tea”.

P.S. If you are wondering why it is called ‘When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit’, it is because when Anna has to leave Germany she is only allowed to take three toys, and she wonders wether to choose Pink Rabbit, or Wooly dog. in the end she chooses wooly dog, and asked the housekeeper to bring along pink rabbit, because the housekeeper will join them in a day or two.But the housekeeper never makes it and Hitler confiscates the family’s belongings that they didn’t take with them.

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