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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas | John Boyne
Powerful and unsettling. . . . As memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank. USA Today Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance. But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.From the Hardcover edition.
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em_lemo
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This book is historical fiction that was published in 2006. The book is set in Germany and covers the start and growing relationship of two little boys. One of the little boys is in a concentration camp, while the other is blocked from the boy by a fence because he is not in the camp. This little boys father is a soldier for Nazi, Germany.
The book is compelling through the word usage and the description of what the little boys talked about.

em_lemo The little boy outside of the camp does not understand why they cannot play together and they take it upon themselves to make sure they get to play. One of the lines that stuck out to me throughout the book was,
“Those people... well, they're not people at all, Bruno.“
This comes from the father expressing to his son what his thought on the people behind the fence mean to him and the other Nazi soldiers.
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keetoncarter

“We're not supposed to be friends, you and me. We're meant to be enemies. Did you know that?“

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keetoncarter

It is important to note that topics in this book can be challenging for some so it is important to keep that in mind when assigning the book.

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keetoncarter
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a sad Historical Fiction. The story is of two kids that by society's rules should not become friends do. This story deals with a lot of more mature things but also is appropriate for some higher level elementry students. It is very informative about what was going on during this time period and what peo[ple had to go through.

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ScientistSam
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What a great book and cool bookmark @One_With_Books! Ice been wanting to read it! Thanks for a wonderful #LitsyLove #WinterSwap package 😀

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎉📚💗 1w
Rissreads Fantastic book! ❤ 1w
CoverToCoverGirl Great book! 7d
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Kyle Donahue

Bruno was sure that he had never seen a skinnier or sadder boy in his life but decided that he had better talk to him.

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Kyle Donahue

This book was a great read. I would recommend this book to 5th and 6th graders who know a little bit about the context of what happened in WW2.

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Kyle Donahue
Pickpick

Full Book- This was a heavy book to read. It is about a boy named Bruno who moved near a concentration camp. There he becomes friends with a boy inside the camp and eventually decides to join him. This book tells a gripping story with many realistic parts about the history of Auschwitz.

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BookwormM
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#unpopularopinion

I have given this 3 ⭐️ because it had an important message about how we are all the same underneath.

When I finished I went and read other critical reviews and found myself agreeing with the reviewers what happened was too unlikely and the horrors of the holocaust too down played.

Due to the removed and remote way the story was told the book had no emotional impact on me.

Great message wrong medium.

TrishB I think maybe people forget that it is aimed at a younger audience? Both my kids read in school at age 10, I remember it having a massive emotional impact on them and we talked a lot about the holocaust as a result of them reading this. 2w
InBooksILive I've only seen the movie and it was heartbreaking. I bawled and bawled at the end of it. 2w
BookwormM That is the good side of the book to encourage conversation @TrishB 2w
Suet624 Good reminder, @TrishB 2w
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Imthiaz
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This book made me sob, cry, smile, laugh. It was like looking the Nazi Germany and concentration camp through the eyes of a small boy. Childhood Innocence was portrayed adorably on the book. The only thing I could say against this book is that it was extremely heart breaking when I finished the book. But I think that will definitely have a longlasting impact on the reader.

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elijahsmith

“Who are all of these people and what are they doing here”

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elijahsmith

I enjoyed the connection to the characters that reading this book gives.

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elijahsmith
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This book was extremely touching. I have read this book before in the past when I was in school. I have also seen the movie. Rereading the book now made it even more difficult to read. This book makes you feel so emotionally attached to the characters.

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destaneefolden

“Sitting around miserable all day won't make you any happier.“

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destaneefolden

I remember seeing this movie for the first time when I was in 6th grade. I remember it so vividly because it hit me really hard. I think that stories like this need to be told to older children so that they have the same realization that I did. It made me realize how things truly were through fictional characters. I was able to grasp the situation better and it made me want to learn more, and I hope that other children get to experience that too.

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destaneefolden
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This 2006 Holocaust novel tells the story of Bruno who moved in next to Auschwitz death camp. Bruno and a boy in the camp named Shmuel become unlikely friends. The boys end up becoming close friends and Bruno promises Shmuel that he would help find his dad. This leads the boys to their death in a gas chamber. I think this story is a much too heavy for younger children, but I think this story helps children understand how things really were.

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maddyhensley

“Shmuel stared at him but didn‘t say anything, and Bruno felt a strong desire to change the subject because even as he had said the words, they didn‘t sound quite right to him and the last thing he wanted was for Shmuel to think that he was being unkind.”

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maddyhensley

I think this is a perfect read for the classroom but it does catch the interest of older children more. It would be a great introduction lesson to the Holocaust itself.

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maddyhensley
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne published in 2006 is an incredibly powerful novel. It is a story about the Holocaust telling a heart-wrenching story between two young boys.

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Thewanderer92
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When you‘re teaching a diary/journal unit for English literature and decide to focus on the Holocaust.

Every lesson I read a chapter and students are composing a diary from the perspective of Bruno with his thoughts and feelings about everything he is experiencing.

At the end, students will present this as an accompaniment to this text to know more about Bruno 😍

#teachersoflitsy #teacherinspo

LoverOfLearning Wow. What an excellent literature lesson. Fantastic. I'm the the students are really engaged. 3w
Thewanderer92 @LoverOfLearning thank you so much for the feedback! Kids are absolutely loving it at the moment :) 3w
LoverOfLearning Oops I meant to say I bet the* 3w
LoverOfLearning @Thewanderer92 and good I'm glad they enjoy it 3w
BeaG Great idea! 3w
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Melancholy2243
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Heart breaking, inexplicably beautiful, and deeply impactful piece of work that takes us to the horror of the world war and what it looked like in the eyes of a nine year old boy. A story of a friendship so simple and easy that it knows no difference. It only believes in the simplistic bond that is humanely possible and asks with incredible curiosity why must be there a fence separating one side from the other.

After all are we that different?

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mack2799

“...Despite the mayhem that followed, Bruno found that he was still holding Shmuel's hand in his own and nothing in the world would have persuaded him to let go.”

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mack2799
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This historical fiction book is one of my favorites. Not only does it give a bright new perspective to an important part in history, but it accurately portrays it well. No contradiction is made and different viewpoint and opposing sides through characters are shown to understand the full context of what is happening as well!

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mack2799

This book is interesting because it is told from a child's viewpoint. Not only can the kids I give this book to, relate well and understand in a context made available to them, but they can put themselves in their shoes and try to understand what their life might've been like if they were there. They're exposed in a child's view to what conflicts and despairs are before us and lets them understand in a way like never before.

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Loric
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a devastatingly heartbreaking depiction of the horrors of WWII as seen through the eyes of two innocent nine year old boys, one German and the other Jewish.

The story is told through the unaware and inquisitive eyes of Bruno, capturing the innocence and naïveté of a child as the two forge a secret friendship. Such a haunting read, the final lines of this one will stay with me for a long time.

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Wildeanise
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#2 this book is a little bit slow at the beginning over all it was a really good book. (I finished it)Bruno meets a friend on the other side of the fence but he can‘t play with him he doesn‘t know why.The ending was a little bit sad so if you like a book that is fun, has some adventure and is sad then this book is for you.

MissYaremcio Your summary left me wanting more! Other than that, keep up the great work Anise! 1mo
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MumWhoLovesToRead
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Such a sad beautiful story

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Camrynm
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is an eye-opening, moving HF novel written by John Boyne that can be used in a LC in your 6-12 classroom. This story is set in Berlin in 1942 when Bruno, a little boy, gets home from school to see that all of his belongings are being packed up. He is told that his father got a new job and that they are moving to “Out-With.“ This story follows Bruno's tramatic experience at this camp and follows his new friendship

Camrynm that ends in a heart-breaking ending. This is a story that everyone needs to read to understand this devastating time in history. The UDL principle I would use would be 9.2: Facilitate personal coping skills and strategies. This story is very hard to read and students need to be able to take their time reading it and go through the appropriate emotions. Talking with each other can help the students cope with this devastating story. 2mo
Camrynm The EL strategy I would use would be 42: Have students use timelines to arrange and sequence important facts and information. Timelines would be helpful for this novel so that the students can keep the information in the correct order. This lesson plan is great and gives helpful advice for teachers: https://www.prestwickhouse.com/blog/post/2019/01/how-to-teach-the-boy-in-the-str...
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CPettersen I loved reading this book in sixth grade! Such a sad story but a great way to get children to connect to prior events and understand them better. Great job! 2mo
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TristanPool @Camrynm I love how you have tied your HF book to facilitating students‘ personal coping skills. Relationships matter in the classroom and showing your students ways to emotionally handle themselves can really show the level of care that a teacher has for their school kids. 2mo
KristenScala Camryn,
I enjoyed reading this book when I was in middle school, such an eye opening book to read. Another strategy you could use for this book is the media one to connect it with the film. I also really like the website you linked to help teach this novel.
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haleyklein Such a powerful book! Thank you for your insight on how you would bring this into the classroom! Thanks for your post Camryn! 2mo
ArianaG Wow I have heard amazing things about this book and I think this post just convinced me. Thank you for sharing!!!! 2mo
katiehamlin This is such a good EL strategy to use for a book like this! Such a good book! 2mo
YvetteE This is a strong classic that will benefit students who are ready to understand the conflicts in history and the struggles many people faced. Great read! 2mo
abbie-cadabbie This is such a heartbreaking book. Very powerful and has a great story for students to be informed on. Will definitely include in my future classroom! Great choice :-) 2mo
ArianaG I read this when I was younger and it really is an amazing read! Would definitely recommend! 1mo
Nute I still think about this book. Powerful story! 3w
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Wildeanise
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Bruno gets home from school and discovers that his stuff is getting packed, he and his family are moving far away to this old rundown house that he does not like. Every time he looks out the window he sees a tall fence stretching out farther than he can see with children and soldier yelling at them. If you like books that are heartfelt, powerful, and unsettling then this is a book for you.

MissYaremcio Well done Anise! I also love this book... it brought me to tears too many times! 2mo
Cfischbuch Keep the tissue box close by. 2mo
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13North
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Had always wanted to read it. Finally reading, not caring about the exam I have tomorrow ❤️

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perfectsinner
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OMG! Wahhh, I didn't see that coming AT ALL. I didn't completely cry, but I definitely had tears in my eyes at the end. 😭

4thhouseontheleft As soon as he crossed under the fence, I just thought OH NO. 😢 4mo
perfectsinner Everyone was telling me to have tissues ready... Still can't believe! Wahhhh 4mo
perfectsinner There's a book called The Boy who Followed His Father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield that I'm going to have to read one of these days. I believe it's a true story. Just seeing the title, and literally having just finish/posted this made me look it up immediately. 4mo
Shakespearience @4thhouseontheleft I made the mistake of doing this book as an audiobook. The narrator starts talking about them going through the fence and as it progressed I actually started yelling at my car stereo “No. Stop. You are NOT ending this way.” Needless to say I had to sit in my car a few minutes before driving again cause I was a mess 4mo
perfectsinner Aww! 😔 4mo
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Lnyarenchi

Oooh... Poor Bruno!
The Holocaust narrated through an innocent nine year old boy, the story is simple but complicated. What an end?

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Petelord
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Beautiful and powerful book which I hope we all read and learn from

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MatschMomma
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Panpan

I wanted to love this book but I didn't.
This book is so factually incorrect it makes me sick.
I could go on but it would be me tearing this book apart page by page. Needless to say skip this one.

13North Oh rarely does someone dislike this book. Why did you not like it? 3mo
MatschMomma It bothers me that the history in it is watered down and not factual. Never would a boy that age not have been fully indoctrinated into the Nazi propaganda. He would have been in the Hitler Youth. His parents would have taught him from birth to hate the Jewish people. 3mo
MatschMomma ... I meant to hit return not send... Anyway. This kind of book does a great disservice to the atrocities that the Jewish and other peoples suffered during WWII. A watered down version of the history makes it easier for the crimes to be committed again. I understand that this is a child's book for children but it could have been done in a much more factual way and been excellent. 3mo
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j.rye
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Tearjerker x 💯 This book was an amazing audiobook.

Panda liked it too. 🦴🦴🦴🦴 four out five bones from her.

Texreader The movie was a heartbreaker 5mo
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Simply_Reads
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One of my July picks. It has been on my to read list for awhile. FINISHED This is a fast read. I have read a few books based on WWII but this one is different. The story is from the perspective of a 9 year old boy. It‘s innocent, simple, and a little bit of a tear jerker at the end. I finished it before bed and stayed awake thinking about it. Glad I finally read it. I would recommend this if you like historical fiction.

Simply_Reads So I think this site spelled Pajamas wrong and I can‘t edit it. That‘s going to bother me! Any idea how to change the generated titles? 5mo
Red.Reads I've never seen pyjamas spelled 'Pajamas' before, I didn't even know that there was an alternative spelling! 5mo
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The_Reading_Hedgehog
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Not in this day and age. Keeping people in cages for being different or poor is something that should never happen. Whether it was 700 years ago, 70 years ago or at this very moment, the people who commit such atrocities need to be exposed for the monsters they are.

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irre
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Your book is coming home @fandom_hellspawn99
It‘s been a pleasure reading everyone‘s pick this round of #LMPBC #Round5 #GroupA
Can‘t wait to see what you all thought about my pick.

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RehanaSarker
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It was one of the best book ever i read. Thanks to writer for this book. At the end, i cried for Bruno.

rretzler Welcome to Litsy! 📖 6mo
JohannaRose Welcome to Litsy! I hope you love it as much as I do 😊 6mo
RehanaSarker Yeah, i hope so. 🤗 6mo
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Joanster5
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I loved how this book was told from the child‘s perspective. It made the horror of the Holocaust that much more horrible. #aty2019 #aroundtheyearin52books I read this for the weird or intriguing title prompt.

Crazeedi I want to read but don't know if and when my heart can take 6mo
Shakespearience I did the audio version of this and has the ending starts to unfold I remember yelling in my car. 6mo
Joanster5 I don‘t think I cried. It was more of an outraged feeling. The way the author shows the world through Bruno‘s eyes was well done. 6mo
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Addison_Reads
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Why did it take me so long to read this book? It deserves all the praise that it gets. Amazing and very well done for a middle grade read. Truly a masterpiece for readers of all ages.

Has anyone seen the movie? I plan on watching it the next chance I get.

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