Miep and the Most Famous Diary: The Woman Who Rescued Anne Frank’s Diary

Sleeping Bear. Aug. 2019. 40p. chron. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534110250.
Gr 1-4–This picture book begins with the arrest of the Frank family, shining a light on the experience of Miep Gies, the friend and ally who sequestered the family and cared for them. Pincus highlights the woman’s quiet courage and tenacity, as well as the luck that played a part in keeping her alive. With clear, simple language and quiet, affecting illustration, the book evokes the fear and sadness linked to the time of the Nazi regime. The story is meant for those who have some knowledge of Anne Frank and her diary, and is aimed at older elementary and middle school students. Some may find the subject matter inappropriate for toddlers or early elementary audiences. Regardless, this title is an admirable addition to the Anne Frank canon. End notes include an author’s note, a page of additional information, and a time line.
VERDICT This book somberly and beautifully depicts what life was like for the Franks and others who fell inside the Nazi sphere of influence during World War II. A truly valuable resource.

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