I've recently been reading my brand new copy of When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
(my old one, that I had had since I was 8 or so, fell apart from being read rather a lot). I got my new copy through the lj_uk Christmas Wishlist exchange
- it's this edition (2008)
. According to Barnes and Noble
(and various other sites) this book is recommended for 8-12 year olds. I'd agree with that, seems like a good age to read it for the first time.
My edition has a foreword called "Why You'll Love This Book" by Michael Morpurgo
, Children's Laureate from 2003-2005. Bear in mind, when reading what comes next that this book is recommended for ages 8-12. His style in writing the foreword suggests that he is talking to these young readers.
The fifth paragraph starts:
"When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, published forty years ago, speaks to us of a time most of us know only through books of history and fiction, through archive film, as well as through movies. It is from The Diary of Anne Frank to I am David and Schindler's List and The Pianist that most of us have our haunting but distant insights into the lives of those who had experienced the terrors and horrors of Nazi persecution and extermination...
I understand that 8-12 year olds may well have read the former two (The Diary of Anne Frank
and I am David
) - I know I had read at least one of those at that age (Anne Frank), having both a taste for the historical and something of a fascination with all things WWII (and Holocaust - I think I was a rather odd child). However, I highly doubt they have seen the latter (Schindler's List
and The Pianist
), not least because they're both rated 15
. Don't get me wrong, they're both right up there as favourite films, I think they're amazing. But they're definitely not for children of the age the book is primarily aimed at.
I dunno. That part of the foreword just felt rather odd. Surely, given the writer's status as a former Children's Laureate, he would be aware of what a child of that age has been exposed to, and what they haven't?