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the Stars

(From the Back Cover)

Ten year old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think about life before the war. But it's now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching in their town.

The Nazis won't stop. The Jew of Denmark are being "relocated", so Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be part of the family.

Then Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission. Somehow she must find the strength and courage to save her best friend's life. There's no turning back now.



Story Elements Mini Book

Vocabulary for Word Wall

Chapter 1 - 2 Comprehension and Constructive Response

Practice Pages



Map skills:

Print out a map of Denmark.


UT Library Online - Perry-Castaņeda Map Collection - Denmark

Scandinavia Map


Learn about the Jewish faith and their New Year celebration Rosh Hashana which is the first day of the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. This calendar is based on lunar months.

The Jewish New Year: All you need to know about the High Holidays, and more.

Click on Cool Stuff for Kids at


Eat apples dipped in honey.
(Sweets are eaten on the New Year so that the New Year will be sweet as honey.)


Ellen wore the Star of David on a chain around her neck. Annemarie had to break the necklace and hide it from the soldiers to keep Ellen safe.

"Ellen," she whispered urgently, "take your necklace off!"

Ellen's hands flew to her neck. Desperately she began trying to unhook the tiny clasp. Outside the bedroom door, the harsh voices and heavy footsteps continued.

"I can't get it open!" Ellen said frantically. "I never take it off -- I can't even remember how to open it!"

Annemarie head a voice just outside the door. "What is her?"

"Shh." her mother replied. "My daughters' bedroom They are sound asleep."

"Hold still," Annemarie commanded. "This will hurt." She grabbed the little gold chain, yanked with all her strength, and broke it. As the door opened and light flooded into the bedroom, she crumpled it into her hand and closed her fingers tightly.

Learn about the Star of David. What does this symbol mean to the Jewish people?


Make a Star of David.

Paper Star of David Card

Foil Star of David

Craft Sticks Star of David


Learn about the ways the Jewish were treated during the Holocaust.

The Holocaust - From a 5th Grade Perspective
(site created by 5th graders to honor those who demonstrated courage while living through discrimination, prejudice, and the Holocaust.)

Daring to Resisit
(Read the stories of three women who escaped the holocaust as teenagers. From PBS. Includes an interactive timeline and videos.)

The Struma Project
(See a photo and read the story of this ship carrying 778 Jewish refugees in 1942. Find out how it was tragically sunk, leaving one survivor, and learn of an expedition to this site in the Black Sea.)


When the Nazi soldiers came to Henrik's house, Mama was clever . . . . . .

Mama walked quickly across the room, directly to the casket, directly to the officer. "You're right," she said "The doctor said it should be closed, because Aunt Birte died of typhus, and he said that there was a chance the germs would still be there, would still be dangerous. But what does he know --- only a country doctor, and an old man at that? Surely typhus germs wouldn't linger in a dead person! And dear Aunt Birte; I have been longing to see her face, to kiss her goodbye. Of course we will open the casket! I am glad you suggested ---"

Learn what typhus is at


The Nazi soldiers used dogs to help them find Jews who were trying to escape. Learn how working dogs help man today.

Read how the FBI uses dogs to track criminals.


In Chapter 14 Annemarie parallels the events in her adventure to the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Read the children's story and compare how Number the Stars and Little Red Riding Hood are alike and different.


Learn about the swatika at


Play Character Jeopardy


Gay Miller