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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas | John Boyne
What happens when innocence is confronted by monstrous evil? Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas. Bruno's friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation. And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.
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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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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. 2d
Thewanderer92 @LoverOfLearning thank you so much for the feedback! Kids are absolutely loving it at the moment :) 2d
LoverOfLearning Oops I meant to say I bet the* 2d
LoverOfLearning @Thewanderer92 and good I'm glad they enjoy it 2d
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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! 2w
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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. 1mo
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! 1mo
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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. 1mo
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! 1mo
ArianaG Wow I have heard amazing things about this book and I think this post just convinced me. Thank you for sharing!!!! 1mo
katiehamlin This is such a good EL strategy to use for a book like this! Such a good book! 1mo
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! 1mo
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 :-) 1mo
ArianaG I read this when I was younger and it really is an amazing read! Would definitely recommend! 2w
Nute I still think about this book. Powerful story! 8h
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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. 😢 3mo
perfectsinner Everyone was telling me to have tissues ready... Still can't believe! Wahhhh 3mo
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. 3mo
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 3mo
perfectsinner Aww! 😔 3mo
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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? 2mo
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. 2mo
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. 2mo
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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 4mo
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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! 4mo
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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! 📖 5mo
JohannaRose Welcome to Litsy! I hope you love it as much as I do 😊 5mo
RehanaSarker Yeah, i hope so. 🤗 5mo
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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 5mo
Shakespearience I did the audio version of this and has the ending starts to unfold I remember yelling in my car. 5mo
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. 5mo
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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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Erinreadsthebooks
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A good book written from an interesting perspective. I enjoyed the child narrator's voice and seeing such atrocities through his eyes. The connections and comparisons made between the two boys on both sides of the fence was a constant reminder of the theme that, regardless of race or ethnicity or culture, humans are humans.

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Erinreadsthebooks
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Woahhhh, the reading slump has been REAL lately. I'm almost through this one and hoping to finish it today. It'll be heading your way soon, @irre

Bakingbookworm I enjoyed this one but have you read his The Boy at the Top of the Mountain or The Heart‘s Invisible Furies? Furies is one of my all time fav books and Boy/Mountain had a very unique story line. 6mo
Erinreadsthebooks @Bakingbookworm I have The Heart's Invisible Furies on my shelves at home. I'll move it up the TBR! I loved A Ladder to the Sky, so I'm sure I'll love Furies as well :) 6mo
Bakingbookworm @Erinreadsthebooks 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 6mo
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InBooksILive Ohhh... you're brave! I watched the movie. I don't think I've ever cried so hard over a movie so I'm scared to read the book now! Lol 7mo
SassyPants617 @InBooksILive I haven‘t seen the movie. I‘m bracing myself for many tears from what I have heard about the book and movie. 7mo
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Parvez
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It‘s a simple story of two friends one who is a Jew and another who is son of Fury‘s hand picked general to do his dirty work against the jews in Poland. The books explores with child emotions and how pure they are in the world of dispare and cruelty. Might be a short read but it leave a big impact on you.

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MGrace15
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (HF) by John Boyne is about a boy who meets a new friend at a camp. Unfortunately they don‘t know he is in a concentration camp. It is a heartbreaking story that takes place during World War Two. This would be good for PR so students can discuss what happens as they read. UDL 3.3 Guide information processing and visualization. EL Strategy 1 Teach questioning for clarification.
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MGrace15 https://www.varsitytutors.com/englishteacher/boyne provides a variety of resources for the book. 7mo
C.Austin @MGrace15 I‘m not going to lie, I needed a box of tissues when I read this one! Such a powerful book and I loved reading it! 7mo
MGrace15 @C.Austin Yes! I was the same way! 7mo
Zmohammad This is such a sad story. Really put a lot of things into perspective! 7mo
DrSpalding I have been wanting to read this for a while! I am scared to see the movie however it is on Netflix. 7mo
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megansimon

“Sitting around miserable all day won‘t make you any happier.”

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megansimon

The book and movie is so heartbreaking. The fact that the main characters father was hurting his friend and he could do nothing is a really impactful plot that shakes your soul. Love this book.

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megansimon
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This book is so impactful. It crushes the stereotype that all Germans were Nazi‘s and terrible people, and shows that the majority didn‘t know what was happening or how to stop it. This is so important to teach to young kids about grouping people and putting blame on entire groups without getting all the information.

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megnews
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I read the book in January. My daughter chose this movie to watch this morning. Even more difficult than reading the book.

Mccall0113 Heart breaking topic. I love this author! 8mo
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ThatGirl29
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Happy Friday Jr. guys! How‘s everyone‘s week going? I am still trying to get through my current read. Even though it‘s a YA book (I love YA) I‘ve heard some great things. Maybe when I finish, I‘ll watch the movie. Anyone out there read the book or seen the movie? Did you like it? This is a pic of my work space. I tend to write down some of my fav quotes in my bullet journal. Anyone else?

Carolyn11215 I loved this book! Haven‘t seen the movie. Did a search and couldn‘t find it anywhere on cable! 8mo
Carolyn11215 Love Frida!!! She‘s wildly popular here in Santa Fe! 8mo
ThatGirl29 @Carolyn11215 ❤️ I LOVE Frida. She‘s one of my fav women. This was a postcard sent to me for my birthday last year and the picture is so beautiful that I had to find a spot for it. I saw the movie on Netflix at some point so I‘ll check there again and see once I‘m done reading. I love your pics on your profile! 8mo
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Michelle_Presley
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Wow, this book.... I read it in 7 hours. It's shocking.

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Rissreads
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It‘s been awhile since a book has made me cry, and I am an ugly crier! Such a powerful book that stays with you. This book rips your heart out of your chest. ❤️
My 15yr old son is reading it for school so I thought I would read it again so he has someone to talk to about it. I can‘t wait to see what he thinks of it.

Erofan So beautiful cat 😻! 8mo
Crazeedi I 💜💖 your fur baby! 8mo
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Braden_VS
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It is a book about a boy who moves away from his house and moves to a house with a big fence around it and it is called out with. One day he sees people in pajamas and goes to check it out.

Evan_Moland14 Great book 8mo
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fandom_hellspawn99
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I.....hate everything and everyone right now.....

It's a great book, but fuck I'm emotional now

Good luck with this one @LMJenkins #LMPBC #GroupA @irre @Erinreadsthebooks

Lovesbooks87 Agree! The ending!! 😂😂😂😂 8mo
irre Can‘t wait to read it! 8mo
Crazeedi I'm afraid to read this one☹️ 8mo
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Jovy
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I was a bit disappointed with this one. Maybe expected too much from all the buzz. It's just hard to believe Bruno can be so oblivious to what's going on around him? But that ending, it does pack quite a punch.

#Booked2019 #irishauthor
#MMDChallenge Book by an author who is new to you

Cinfhen I‘ve only seen the film and yes, not very believable but still a gut kick. 8mo
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