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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Boy-in-the-striped-pajamas-book-cover“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” by John Boyne
Fable, Children’s fiction – 2 stars

I thought the viewpoint expressed through this book was an interesting window into the world of Nazi Germany, but in reading many reviews afterwards I am dismayed by many parts of the book. I do believe the book gives children a greater understanding of racism and how children can be blind to racism if they are not influenced by others. At the same time this book makes light of a very troubling and disturbing time in our history and makes the main character lacking of a basic understanding of the world he finds himself in. I think readers of this book need to delve deeper into the history books of the time, to really understand the enormity of the destruction of the Jewish people. This book is listed as summer reading for our schools and I am hoping that it opens up a dialogue about the real horrors of this time and the falsehoods of this story and how it was, in fact, so much worse. I do not think this book gives a clear view into the horrors of concentration camps, but it does speak to friendship and a lack of racial bias in children.


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