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Carmen Agra Deedy's award-winning retelling of a powerful World War II legend. Without the yellow star to point them out, the Jews looked like any other Danes. In 1940, Nazis occupied Denmark and King Christian X, beloved amongst his people, has to find some way to resist their overwhelming power. When the order goes out that all Jews must wear a yellow star on their clothes Carmen Agra Deedy's award-winning retelling of a powerful World War II legend. Without the yellow star to point them out, the Jews looked like any other Danes. In 1940, Nazis occupied Denmark and King Christian X, beloved amongst his people, has to find some way to resist their overwhelming power. When the order goes out that all Jews must wear a yellow star on their clothes, the king has an idea that might just work. But it would take the faith and commitment of all Danes. In this retelling of a World War II legend, New York Times best-selling author Carmen Agra Deedy poignantly remind us of the power of a good, wise leader. Paired with Henri S�rensen's arresting full-color portraits, this is a powerful and dignified story of heroic justice. Teacher's Guide available! Bologna Ragazzi Award for Children's Non-Fiction Christopher Award (Books for Young People) Jane Addams Peace Prize (Honor Book) ABC Children's Booksellers' Choices (Non-fiction) Notable Books for a Global Society


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Carmen Agra Deedy's award-winning retelling of a powerful World War II legend. Without the yellow star to point them out, the Jews looked like any other Danes. In 1940, Nazis occupied Denmark and King Christian X, beloved amongst his people, has to find some way to resist their overwhelming power. When the order goes out that all Jews must wear a yellow star on their clothes Carmen Agra Deedy's award-winning retelling of a powerful World War II legend. Without the yellow star to point them out, the Jews looked like any other Danes. In 1940, Nazis occupied Denmark and King Christian X, beloved amongst his people, has to find some way to resist their overwhelming power. When the order goes out that all Jews must wear a yellow star on their clothes, the king has an idea that might just work. But it would take the faith and commitment of all Danes. In this retelling of a World War II legend, New York Times best-selling author Carmen Agra Deedy poignantly remind us of the power of a good, wise leader. Paired with Henri S�rensen's arresting full-color portraits, this is a powerful and dignified story of heroic justice. Teacher's Guide available! Bologna Ragazzi Award for Children's Non-Fiction Christopher Award (Books for Young People) Jane Addams Peace Prize (Honor Book) ABC Children's Booksellers' Choices (Non-fiction) Notable Books for a Global Society

30 review for The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (not getting friends updates) Vegan

    I so appreciated that a Danish illustrator did the illustrations for this book. The illustrations are beautiful, with a cinematic look about them. Just lovely! Years ago, I remember being so disappointed to learn that this story, of the Danish King wearing the yellow star in solidarity with Denmark’s Jewish citizens, was probably not a true tale. However, there is no disputing how the Danish people came to the aid of the Jewish population and saved most of them from being murdered by the Nazis. A I so appreciated that a Danish illustrator did the illustrations for this book. The illustrations are beautiful, with a cinematic look about them. Just lovely! Years ago, I remember being so disappointed to learn that this story, of the Danish King wearing the yellow star in solidarity with Denmark’s Jewish citizens, was probably not a true tale. However, there is no disputing how the Danish people came to the aid of the Jewish population and saved most of them from being murdered by the Nazis. A short but informative author’s note at the end of the book tells of her disappointment when she first learned this tale is a legend, and she also lists the actual heroic things the Danish people did during the Nazi era. In the story, she paints a loving portrait of King Christian X and of the Danish people too. This is a excellent version of this tale. It would be wonderful to include in a Holocaust studies curriculum because it’s an uplifting and inspiring story. It’s suitable for primary school children because there’s no violence and only vague mentions of what the Nazis were doing and the danger faced by the Jewish people. It’s basically about a group of people and their king who tried to do the right thing, which is always a good lesson. In addition to detailing what the Danes did for their fellow citizens in the early 1940s, the author’s note at the end expresses her opinion about why this legend persists and also expresses her hopes that people (her readers) will act in ways to prevent human rights violations. This is a picture book length version of this story so it’s very brief and certainly not in depth, but the way it’s told and the illustrations make this an outstanding book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

    A simple book with a profound message-- The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark is-- as the author admits in her notes at the end of the book-- a legend; it's truth cannot be substantiated with any photographs or written documentation. However, there are many facts the author does share that indicate it could be true, or that something like it could be true. This is an inspirational tale of what a country's ruler did to try to protect his people-- ALL of his people--during the A simple book with a profound message-- The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark is-- as the author admits in her notes at the end of the book-- a legend; it's truth cannot be substantiated with any photographs or written documentation. However, there are many facts the author does share that indicate it could be true, or that something like it could be true. This is an inspirational tale of what a country's ruler did to try to protect his people-- ALL of his people--during the time when Hitler was collecting Jews for execution during World War II. The book would be a great tie-in with Number the Stars. It is recommended for use in critical analysis, literary elements and devices (foreshadowing, irony, climax). I really loved all the factual information shared in the author's notes, as well as the simple but powerful way in which the story is presented.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Niamh Delahunty

    Though the Yellow Star may appear nothing more than a picture book, it isn't. The Yellow Star is the touching story of the loved King Christian of Denmark. Before the war (World War II), Denmark was made up of all Danes, no race was stereotyped against. But, with the coming of the war and Hitler's anti-semitism, this changes. All jews are required to wear a yellow star on their clothing, to symbolize that they are different from others. Instead of Danes and Danes, Denmark was made up of Danes an Though the Yellow Star may appear nothing more than a picture book, it isn't. The Yellow Star is the touching story of the loved King Christian of Denmark. Before the war (World War II), Denmark was made up of all Danes, no race was stereotyped against. But, with the coming of the war and Hitler's anti-semitism, this changes. All jews are required to wear a yellow star on their clothing, to symbolize that they are different from others. Instead of Danes and Danes, Denmark was made up of Danes and Jews. King Christian, more powerful in character than in world influence will not stand for the treachery of his Danes, and requires the Yellow Star to be worn by all Danish citizens. Then, once again, "Denmark was made up of all Danes." Touching to the last word, this is a beautifully written and illustrated book for younger students. The story focuses on positive lessons of the Holocaust by highlighting attributes such as loyalty and treating people fairly.

  4. 4 out of 5

    N_maryellen Rosenblum

    I would have loved this book to have been non-fiction, however the author did make the point that many note-worthy acts did take place in Denmark during World War II. I truly enjoyed the author's commentary at the conclusion of the book and feel that it would be an amazing conversation starter for an older group of children. I would have loved this book to have been non-fiction, however the author did make the point that many note-worthy acts did take place in Denmark during World War II. I truly enjoyed the author's commentary at the conclusion of the book and feel that it would be an amazing conversation starter for an older group of children.

  5. 5 out of 5

    J-Lynn Van Pelt

    The author asks that this book be read as a legend instead of historical fiction. She argues that the legend, which has been passed down through generations by oral story telling, is something that we can aspire to, a story that should be told even if the truth of it cannot be proven. I agree. The Yellow Star is a beautiful story of resistance and solidarity during a time of division and horror. The appendix that outlines facts of Denmark’s opposition to the Nazi agenda adds depth and discussion The author asks that this book be read as a legend instead of historical fiction. She argues that the legend, which has been passed down through generations by oral story telling, is something that we can aspire to, a story that should be told even if the truth of it cannot be proven. I agree. The Yellow Star is a beautiful story of resistance and solidarity during a time of division and horror. The appendix that outlines facts of Denmark’s opposition to the Nazi agenda adds depth and discussion ideas.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    A beautiful, true story about King Christian of Denmark, who refused to bow down to the Nazis. This is a good starting point to talk about WWII and the Holocaust with children, the story is told simply and gently, and with rich pictures.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    An inspiring story about a King and a people who refused to cower in the face of a cruel enemy. An important lesson for us all in these uncertain times.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karissa Kelly

    The Yellow Star is a book based on the legend of King Christian X of Denmark and his simply, but smart way to defy Nazi, Germany. In Denmark, King Christian rode his horse through town without a bodyguard because he was so revered by his people. However, when Nazi, Germany took control, fear settled into Denmark, so King Christian decided to show his people that they were strong. Thus, when the Nazi's replaced the Denmark flag with their own, the king sent a soldier to remove it, and even said h The Yellow Star is a book based on the legend of King Christian X of Denmark and his simply, but smart way to defy Nazi, Germany. In Denmark, King Christian rode his horse through town without a bodyguard because he was so revered by his people. However, when Nazi, Germany took control, fear settled into Denmark, so King Christian decided to show his people that they were strong. Thus, when the Nazi's replaced the Denmark flag with their own, the king sent a soldier to remove it, and even said he would remove it if it came to that. Then, the Nazi's forced all Jews to wear yellow stars, yet King Christian knew he couldn't defy them again, so he came up with a plan. He sewed a yellow star onto his best uniform and rode out through town. The Danes understood his plan and all sewed stars onto their clothes, too. Therefore, King Christian X kept his people and Denmark strong. I liked this book. Although it was a legend, it still had facts woven through it, and it was an interesting take on the Holocaust. I thought the author, Carmen Agra Deedy wrote an engaging story that focused on the wits of a great king. Also, the illustrator, Henri Sorensen did a fabulous job of creating beautiful illustrations that really helped the reader to picture what was going on. I think this book would be good to use in a classroom setting. Maybe it could pave the way into talking about the Holocaust or Nazi, Germany because it isn't a very brutal story. Overall, I recommend reading this The Yellow Star.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This book tells the story of King Christian X and his loyal subjects of Denmark. When the Nazis invade Denmark and demand the Jewish citizens to wear a yellow star on their clothing at all times, King Christian becomes worried for his citizens. His country is one giant family and to him, he couldn't let any of them die. After he had some time to think, he concocts a plan to stop the killing of innocent people by having his entire country wear a yellow star even if they aren't Jewish, once again This book tells the story of King Christian X and his loyal subjects of Denmark. When the Nazis invade Denmark and demand the Jewish citizens to wear a yellow star on their clothing at all times, King Christian becomes worried for his citizens. His country is one giant family and to him, he couldn't let any of them die. After he had some time to think, he concocts a plan to stop the killing of innocent people by having his entire country wear a yellow star even if they aren't Jewish, once again uniting the people of Denmark. This story is passionate and a strong saying about the Nazi war. The pictures are simple yet so detail orientated at the same time. The pictures tell the story just as much as the text does, without the pictures the reader would never understand the implications in the story. For example, when King Christian develops his plan, the story doesn't explicitly say what he did but the picture shows him wearing the yellow star. The pictures aren't completely double spreads but they cover the gutter and spread across half of the other page, leaving room for a border on the sides to fit the text in. I think this really adds on to the story telling of it all and puts a lot of emphasis on the pictures in the book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Woodruff

    The Yellow Star symbolizes the loyalty and fearless spirit of the king and his people. When the holocaust happened, Nazi soldiers used the star to segregate Jews and terrorize them. Except in Denmark. King Charles X of Denmark worked hard to keep the Danes safe from the Nazis. The King and his Danes have inspired many legends. Even though this story is just a legend, it is a popular story that brightened the darkness of the Nazi invasion. There is no proof that this story ever occurred. The auth The Yellow Star symbolizes the loyalty and fearless spirit of the king and his people. When the holocaust happened, Nazi soldiers used the star to segregate Jews and terrorize them. Except in Denmark. King Charles X of Denmark worked hard to keep the Danes safe from the Nazis. The King and his Danes have inspired many legends. Even though this story is just a legend, it is a popular story that brightened the darkness of the Nazi invasion. There is no proof that this story ever occurred. The author thought that its imagery was so compelling and the humanity to be palpable. There were a few true things from the story, but overall it is just a tale. I enjoyed this book a lot. I knew it was a legend, but I didn't know until the end that it never happened that way. I like the illustrations in this book. It looks like the illustrator used pastels or watercolor. Also, I liked the positioning of the text on each page. There was more room for illustrations. I recommend this book for when you are teaching your students about the holocaust. This book would also be good to teach your students about legends. Good book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christine Turner

    Without the yellow star to point them out, the Jews looked like any other Danes. For centuries, the Star of David was a symbol of Jewish pride. But during World War II, Nazis used the star to segregate and terrorize the Jewish people. Except in Denmark. When Nazi soldiers occupied his country, King Christian X of Denmark committed himself to keeping all Danes safe from harm. The bravery of the Danes and their king during that dangerous time has inspired many legends. The most enduring is the leg Without the yellow star to point them out, the Jews looked like any other Danes. For centuries, the Star of David was a symbol of Jewish pride. But during World War II, Nazis used the star to segregate and terrorize the Jewish people. Except in Denmark. When Nazi soldiers occupied his country, King Christian X of Denmark committed himself to keeping all Danes safe from harm. The bravery of the Danes and their king during that dangerous time has inspired many legends. The most enduring is the legend of the yellow star, which symbolizes the loyalty and fearless spirit of the king and his people. Award-winning author and storyteller Carmen Deedy has poignantly recreated this legend, which is accompanied by Danish illustrator Henri Sørensen's arresting full-color portraits. The result is a powerful and dignified story of heroic justice, a story for all people and all times. Subjects Christian X, King of Denmark, 1870-1947 -- Juvenile fiction. Denmark -- History -- German occupation, 1940-1945 -- Juvenile fiction. Upper Elementary & up

  12. 4 out of 5

    Luisa Knight

    A short story about King Christian and the country that defied the Nazi's morality. Ages: 5 - 9 **Like my reviews? Then you should follow me! Because I have hundreds more just like this one. With each review, I provide a Cleanliness Report, mentioning any objectionable content I come across so that parents and/or conscientious readers (like me) can determine beforehand whether they want to read a book or not. Content surprises are super annoying, especially when you’re 100+ pages in, so here’s my A short story about King Christian and the country that defied the Nazi's morality. Ages: 5 - 9 **Like my reviews? Then you should follow me! Because I have hundreds more just like this one. With each review, I provide a Cleanliness Report, mentioning any objectionable content I come across so that parents and/or conscientious readers (like me) can determine beforehand whether they want to read a book or not. Content surprises are super annoying, especially when you’re 100+ pages in, so here’s my attempt to help you avoid that! So Follow or Friend me here on GoodReads! You’ll see my updates as I’m reading and know which books I’m liking and what I’m not finishing and why. You’ll also be able to utilize my library for looking up titles to see whether the book you’re thinking about reading next has any objectionable content or not. From swear words, to romance, to bad attitudes (in children’s books), I cover it all!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mrs. Lynch

    Another book that I read to my third graders as a companion to a reading activity we had done on WWII and the Holocaust. This book was good and I may have given it a higher rating except that it bothered me that it blurred the lines between history and fiction a bit too much. The story was billed as the "legend" of King Christian X standing up to the Nazi regime by refusing to fly the Nazi flag and wearing a Yellow star in solidarity with Danish Jews. However, this story didn't really happen lik Another book that I read to my third graders as a companion to a reading activity we had done on WWII and the Holocaust. This book was good and I may have given it a higher rating except that it bothered me that it blurred the lines between history and fiction a bit too much. The story was billed as the "legend" of King Christian X standing up to the Nazi regime by refusing to fly the Nazi flag and wearing a Yellow star in solidarity with Danish Jews. However, this story didn't really happen like that and in my mind, a legend isn't a legend just because someone says it is...the events have to be passed down. When you have clear facts disputing the story, it is not really a legend in my eyes. But the story was good and taught a good message, that you can stand up to a bully...although it might teach kids that standing up to a bully is easy, when it is not always so.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dale

    Excellent book about how you can really make a difference if you take a stand against wrong!

  15. 4 out of 5

    John of Canada

    This was a lovely legend.The message was very hopeful.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kate Willis

    I remember really liking this. ;)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bekah

    The Yellow Star, by Carmen Agra Deedy, is a story about King Christian X of Denmark, and how he ruled his people. He did not need a body guard as he rode his horse through town because of how much the people respected him. When the dark times of World War II fell upon Denmark, King Chrisitan had some difficult decisions to make. When the Nazi flag flew over the palace, he had a soldier take it down, and when a nazi soldier told the King the next soldier to take it down would be shot, the King to The Yellow Star, by Carmen Agra Deedy, is a story about King Christian X of Denmark, and how he ruled his people. He did not need a body guard as he rode his horse through town because of how much the people respected him. When the dark times of World War II fell upon Denmark, King Chrisitan had some difficult decisions to make. When the Nazi flag flew over the palace, he had a soldier take it down, and when a nazi soldier told the King the next soldier to take it down would be shot, the King told them that they would be shooting him, because he will be that shoulder. Then, when the Jews were told to sew yellow stars on all their clothing, King Christian had an idea. The next day, he rode through town with a yellow star sewn to his best clothes. The people understood his idea, and the next day, everyone had yellow stars on their clothes, not only the jews, so they were united again, not divided. I give this book 5/5 stars. It teaches children about history, and part of the trials of World War II. It also brings tribue to a great king, King Christian X, who is a person worth learning about. the illustrations take part in the story telling, especially at the end, and I like how the words are placed on the pages. Overall great read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    It is imperative that readers not skip the author's note at the end of the book. Even though the title says "The Legend of..." there seems to be some confusion about whether or not the events in this book really happened. The author is careful to explain what is and is not accurate. The King never did ride out through the streets wearing a yellow star because he didn't need to, likely because of the other ways the Danish government and people had already resisted. Just the threat of having the e It is imperative that readers not skip the author's note at the end of the book. Even though the title says "The Legend of..." there seems to be some confusion about whether or not the events in this book really happened. The author is careful to explain what is and is not accurate. The King never did ride out through the streets wearing a yellow star because he didn't need to, likely because of the other ways the Danish government and people had already resisted. Just the threat of having the entire country in yellow stars was enough that the Nazi occupiers did not require the yellow stars in the end. This book would NOT have to wait until readers are older because the horrors of the Holocaust and the war in general are not detailed. The illustrations are really lovely, and reflect the time and place with accuracy.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Egbert

    There is nothing wrong with legends and this one is beautiful. While I wish it were a true story, the ideals behind it are truth and the Danish people, from King Christian on down, played out those ideals by taking care of their Danish neighbors who happened to be Jewish. This author presents the legend well and also follows up with the truth behind the legend which is empowering in and of itself.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Although this is not verifiably true, much of it is believable and evidenced by the way Denmark protected their Jews during WWII when Germany came into their country to occupy. A wonderful story of how a country united under their King protected and loved their fellow countrymen when invaders wanted to come in and destroy them.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Madeline Collins

    This story takes place during the time that Hitler took over Denmark. It is about King Christian X of Denmark protecting all the Danes from the Nazi soldiers. The Danes are so brave and courageous during this time and they inspired the legend of the Yellow Star. The yellow star is a representation of the courage and determination of King Christian X and all of the Danes. This is a very inspiring, powerful and touching story that I believe everyone should read. I am not always a big fan of histor This story takes place during the time that Hitler took over Denmark. It is about King Christian X of Denmark protecting all the Danes from the Nazi soldiers. The Danes are so brave and courageous during this time and they inspired the legend of the Yellow Star. The yellow star is a representation of the courage and determination of King Christian X and all of the Danes. This is a very inspiring, powerful and touching story that I believe everyone should read. I am not always a big fan of history books because they can sometimes be quite boring, but I really enjoyed this story. I loved the way it was written and it was a very easy read. I have always been intrigued by this part of history and I appreciate that there is a book appropriate for children to read about it. I think this story would be good for kids to read because they need to know about the history of our world and events that took place during this time. I would definitely have this in my classroom for kids who are interested in history or even to do a history lesson on. This would be a good book for kids to read and to break out into groups to discuss.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Madison Zappin

    This is a powerful picture book that centers around King Christian X of Denmark during World War 2. From the start of the story, it is made very clear that everyone in Denmark loved and respected their king. When the Nazis arrive in Denmark they bring food shortages, curfews, and their new flag. When they hung their flag in Denmark’s capital, King Christian had one of his soldiers remove it. The Nazis did not approve of this and told the King that they would put another flag up and would shoot This is a powerful picture book that centers around King Christian X of Denmark during World War 2. From the start of the story, it is made very clear that everyone in Denmark loved and respected their king. When the Nazis arrive in Denmark they bring food shortages, curfews, and their new flag. When they hung their flag in Denmark’s capital, King Christian had one of his soldiers remove it. The Nazis did not approve of this and told the King that they would put another flag up and would shoot any soldier who tried to take it down. After the king said that they would have to shoot him because he would be the one to take down the flag, they no longer flew their flag. This was a huge sign of resistance. News then began to spread that all Jews would have to wear a yellow star. This scared the citizens of Denmark because they had all heard the stories of what happens to Jews once they wear the yellow star. The King then had to find a way to protect Denmark and all of its citizens. The first thing that caught my eye about this book were the illustrations. I thought the illustrations gave the book an older presence which I felt worked for the genre and story. One element that stood out to me was the authors note located at the end of the story. The authors note talks about how this story is a legend, gives powerful facts that are related to the story, and why this legend is growing stronger. Another element that I enjoyed was that the text was in frames on the side of the pages. I liked how it was organized in this way because it gave more room for the illustrations. Overall, I really enjoyed this story and think it is a great way to introduce what was going on in this time period to young children.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hope Chasteen

    Summary: This book is about the life of Jews during World War II. The Nazis used the Star of David to segregate the Jewish people. Although, this was different in Denmark. Nazi soldiers took over Denmark and the King, King Christian X, was determined to keep all the Danes safe. This story is of the legends about the King and how he used his bravery and courage to stand up for his people. Evaluation: There are many legends that have formed by the tales of bravery of the Danes and the king. This is o Summary: This book is about the life of Jews during World War II. The Nazis used the Star of David to segregate the Jewish people. Although, this was different in Denmark. Nazi soldiers took over Denmark and the King, King Christian X, was determined to keep all the Danes safe. This story is of the legends about the King and how he used his bravery and courage to stand up for his people. Evaluation: There are many legends that have formed by the tales of bravery of the Danes and the king. This is one of the many. The illustrations help tell the tale in a realistic way. The story is so powerful and gives the reader a great example of a legend. Thus, I rated it with five stars. Teaching Tip: With this story of heroic justice, heroism, courage, and leadership a teacher could teach many lessons with the book. I could see it being read aloud to a class to introduce story telling/legends. The teacher will implement an interactive read aloud with this book, then explain how this book is a legend based off of real events of World War II. The teacher would have to expose the class to other examples of legends in order for them to understand what they are. After that, the teacher could then teach a mini lesson on the Holocaust and Jewish history. As an assessment, the teacher could ask the class to create their own legend based off of their own life experiences, or family history.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carson Gentry

    I absolutely loved this book. This might be the best Nonfiction picture book I've ever read. This book is a story about how the Danish king was an amazing and trustworthy king who knows how to act at times of conflict. His people trusted him and he trusted his people. The time period is at the time of the spread of the Nazis. The king found ways to keep the Nazis from harming or running his country without actually fighting. He found ways to keep his people safe and living a normal Christian lif I absolutely loved this book. This might be the best Nonfiction picture book I've ever read. This book is a story about how the Danish king was an amazing and trustworthy king who knows how to act at times of conflict. His people trusted him and he trusted his people. The time period is at the time of the spread of the Nazis. The king found ways to keep the Nazis from harming or running his country without actually fighting. He found ways to keep his people safe and living a normal Christian life during their Nazi occupancy. I would love to have this book in my classroom. If I were to talk about the Nazis this would be a really cool book to have for my students to read to see how some people didn't even have to fight the Nazis. I would also love to have this book in my classroom because I believe that the way it alludes to God would be a very good conversation starter between my students. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Savage

    The Yellow Star is the legend about a well-loved and wise king. King Christian could leave his palace without any guards and his people promised to protect him. However, grave times were coming to his country of Denmark, where his wisdom and people would be tested. The Nazi's came and tried to replace Denmark's flag, to which the king was willing to sacrifice his life. The Nazi's then ordered every Jew to wear a yellow flag on their clothing for identification. How will the king and his people r The Yellow Star is the legend about a well-loved and wise king. King Christian could leave his palace without any guards and his people promised to protect him. However, grave times were coming to his country of Denmark, where his wisdom and people would be tested. The Nazi's came and tried to replace Denmark's flag, to which the king was willing to sacrifice his life. The Nazi's then ordered every Jew to wear a yellow flag on their clothing for identification. How will the king and his people respond to this? This is such a beautiful story about standing up for what is right and the importance of community. I really enjoyed learning this story and growing my knowledge on this topic. I think that this would be a perfect story for Elementary School children when learning about the Holocaust.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    This book is about the legend of the king of Denmark who when the Nazis came in, he tried to protect his people. He took down the Nazi flag in resistance at first. Then when Jews were required to wear stars, he tried to find a way that Jews would be protected and they would all look like Danes. This story is unfortunately not true, but has a lot of historical parts mixed within. This book captivated me from the beginning. The writing is very simple, but her words are powerful. It is so well writ This book is about the legend of the king of Denmark who when the Nazis came in, he tried to protect his people. He took down the Nazi flag in resistance at first. Then when Jews were required to wear stars, he tried to find a way that Jews would be protected and they would all look like Danes. This story is unfortunately not true, but has a lot of historical parts mixed within. This book captivated me from the beginning. The writing is very simple, but her words are powerful. It is so well written I was surprised when I discovered that it is not real. The illustrations are beautiful and goes along with the story so well. I would use this book when talking about World War II with my students. I would have to make sure my students know what is real and not, but this will be a great opportunity to discuss what they think they would have done in situations like that.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shelli

    My daughter and I were both saddened when we reached the conclusion and read that this was not a true story; probably should have paid closer attention to the word "Legend" in the title. However, this legend has some truths behind it and Caren Agra Deedy did a very nice job describing them in the afterward. If only people would learn to stand up and say "You cannot do this injustice to our sisters and brothers, or you must do it to us as well." What kind of world would we have?? A fantastic disc My daughter and I were both saddened when we reached the conclusion and read that this was not a true story; probably should have paid closer attention to the word "Legend" in the title. However, this legend has some truths behind it and Caren Agra Deedy did a very nice job describing them in the afterward. If only people would learn to stand up and say "You cannot do this injustice to our sisters and brothers, or you must do it to us as well." What kind of world would we have?? A fantastic discussion book to share with your children when covering World War II.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark by Carmen Agra Deedy is a read aloud book. During WWII, King Christian X of Denmark worked hard to take care of his people - all his people. The Nazi’s tried to cause Denmark to repond as the rest of the overtaken lands did, but Christian X was able to protect his people while causing the Nazi’s to back down. The book is a testament to how one person standing on principles can and will change the world. The Yellow Star: The Legend of King The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark by Carmen Agra Deedy is a read aloud book. During WWII, King Christian X of Denmark worked hard to take care of his people - all his people. The Nazi’s tried to cause Denmark to repond as the rest of the overtaken lands did, but Christian X was able to protect his people while causing the Nazi’s to back down. The book is a testament to how one person standing on principles can and will change the world. The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark by Carmen Agra Deedy is a great read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    This book is a poetic retelling of an inspiring legend. It's beautifully written and illustrated. I also really appreciate the author's note about her research, in particular her inability to document the details of this story. She concludes that the story, though not strictly true, has been retold and found its way into our collective consciousness because of its uplifting underlying truths: that a leader can bring his people together, and that people are people. And now she had provided this m This book is a poetic retelling of an inspiring legend. It's beautifully written and illustrated. I also really appreciate the author's note about her research, in particular her inability to document the details of this story. She concludes that the story, though not strictly true, has been retold and found its way into our collective consciousness because of its uplifting underlying truths: that a leader can bring his people together, and that people are people. And now she had provided this much-needed and timely story in a form for the youngest kids. Bravo!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    This was a story written by a storyteller that comes often to our festival. It is about what the people (namely the king) of Denmark did during the Holocaust. She once told an incredible story about how she came to write this book. It made me love the book even more. This is a children's story book. It is a simple one with a very powerful message. This is a terrific book for children, a great way to teach about courage and love. This was a story written by a storyteller that comes often to our festival. It is about what the people (namely the king) of Denmark did during the Holocaust. She once told an incredible story about how she came to write this book. It made me love the book even more. This is a children's story book. It is a simple one with a very powerful message. This is a terrific book for children, a great way to teach about courage and love.

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