Reviews for Anne Frank : Her Life in Words and Pictures : From the Archives of the Anne Frank House

Booklist Reviews 2009 November #1
*Starred Review* Both authoritative and accessible, this small square book, published in conjunction with the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and translated from the Dutch, offers the feel of an intense museum visit. Short quotes from Frank's Diary of a Young Girl, printed in bold type, are interspersed throughout the clear narrative, which covers both World War II history and the Frank family's personal story. The heavily illustrated pages feature news photos of Nazi train transports and concentration camps, including Auschwitz, where Anne died; pages from Frank's scrapbook, featuring pictures of herself, her family, and the movie stars she loved; excerpts from the Diary, in Frank's handwriting; and photos of the Secret Annex, including the movable bookcase that hid the entrance and the now-empty rooms, stripped of furnishings as the Nazi raid left them; still visible, though, are the lines scratched on the wall where Frank's parents marked her height as she grew up in hiding. Readers will be enthralled by the intimate details and by the ongoing mystery of who betrayed the family, and they will want to talk about the heartbreaking quote from Otto Frank, who, after reading the Diary, realized that he never knew his daughter. With the additions of a map, a bibliography, and historical notes, this is a must for Diary readers and for the Holocaust curriculum. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring
The beginning of this extraordinary little book functions essentially as a family photo album. In the 1942-1944 ("In hiding") section, the authors use diary excerpts, augmented with helpful explanations, while the photographs go inside the Secret Annex. The book's conclusion describes Anne's tragic death and the publication of her diary. Goosebump-inducingly immediate, it's a treasure for everyone inspired by Anne's story. Glos. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2010 #1
Variously mimicking a photo album, cinema verite, and Anne Frank's diary itself, this extraordinary little book has a sky-high fascination factor. The book proceeds chronologically, in chunks of years, with the first third of the book functioning essentially as a family photo album. We see the Franks out shopping; Margot roller-skating; Anne playing in the waves at the beach. In the section that covers 1942-1944 ("In hiding"), the text becomes as riveting as the photos: the authors use excerpts from Anne's diary as tense trajectory and augment them with helpful segues and explanations. Here, the photographs take the reader inside the Secret Annex, providing intimate glimpses of the bookcase disguising the entrance, the attic room where Anne and Peter grew close; the wall of Anne's bedroom adorned with pictures of movie stars and friends. Most spectacular of all is the reproduction on nine wordless double-page spreads of actual pages from Anne's diary, preceded and succeeded by shots of the diary's red plaid front and back cover; it's the next best thing to holding Anne Frank's diary in your own hands. The final third of the book describes the family's arrest and Anne's tragic death in Bergen-Belsen ("The end") and the publication and eventual worldwide fame of the diary ("The legacy"). Similar in content to van der Rol's 1993 Anne Frank: Beyond the Diary: A Photographic Remembrance (rev. 11/93), this has a bit less background information but a lot more impact. Eminently browsable, goosebump-inducingly immediate; a treasure for all those moved and inspired by Anne Frank's story. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2009 August #2
Her diary, a Broadway play, a movie and countless books about Anne have brought her to life for every generation after World War II. This exemplary work, which combines many previously unseen photographs, pages from the diary and abundant historical context, has been produced "from the archives of the Anne Frank House" in Amsterdam. It's a treasure to hold and to read, created with great care and mission. The care has gone into the superb arrangement and presentation of information. The mission is to remind us all of the total destructiveness of evil. Anne's short life unfolds from her childhood to the years in the Secret Annex to the brief months in a concentration camp and her death. Her father's survival, the publication of the diary and its enormous success, the establishment of the Anne Frank House and the efforts to identify the betrayer follow. Readers will pore over the pictures, so typical of a family album, read diary excerpts penned by a young girl growing into a woman and see the actual buildings and locations. She was just one of more than 1,000,000 murdered children, but her writings made her iconic. A necessary purchase. (glossary, maps) (Nonfiction. 10 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 October

Gr 5 Up--Beginning with a single photograph of the cover of Anne Frank's diary and the quote, "One of my nicest presents," this small, beautifully formatted book is accessible, compelling, and richly pictorial. First published by the Anne Frank House under the title The Story of Anne Frank, the book immediately immerses readers in the girl's life via a series of family photographs, many previously unpublished. Divided chronologically, the accompanying text is enhanced by diary entries, resulting in a historically succinct yet descriptive presentation, even for those who have yet to read her actual diary. As the narrative progresses, the photographs grow thematically darker, including many black-and-white interior shots of the Annex taken a few years after the war, as well as several generic photographs of Jewish families in the concentration camps. The center of the book provides the most immediate experience of Anne's diary, with a series of full-page color photographs that are presented without commentary or translation. The miracle of Otto Frank's survival will not be lost on children as they view the haunting photo of him standing alone in the attic of the Anne Frank House on the day of its opening to the public in 1960. Even for those collections where Anne Frank is well represented, this is a moving and valuable book that creates a memorable introduction to both Anne's diary and her short, yet meaningful life.--Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library

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