Title: The Tree in the Courtyard
Author: Jeff Gottesfeld
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: March 8, 2016
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "The tree watched a little
girl, who played and laughed and wrote in a diary. When strangers
invaded the city and warplanes roared overhead, the tree watched the
girl peek out of the curtained window of the annex. It watched as she
and her family were taken away—and when her father returned after the
The tree died the summer Anne Frank would have
turned eighty-one, but its seeds and saplings have been planted around
the world as a symbol of peace."
My Two Cents:
"The Tree in the Courtyard" is the perfect introduction to Anne Frank for young readers. Told from the perspective of the tree outside Anne's attic window, it gives a glimpse into what Anne's life was like before World War II, during her time in the attic, and the aftermath in a child-friendly way.
I credit "Anne Frank's Diary" with being one of the books that really started my interest in international events and relations. It's a book that I hold dear and am looking forward to eventually sharing with my daughters when they get a little bit older. In the interim, this may be a good book to start out with.
I have to mention the illustrations. They are absolutely gorgeous and so unique. This is a truly beautiful book with such a powerful message. This is a fantastic pick!