Sunday Stereotypes: WWII Fiction

Another week has flown by and I have been super busy reading and trying to keep up with my blogging and Mommy schedule. Sunday Stereotypes gives me the chance to talk about a few books in small segments. These are books  I have read this week but may not have the time to review or talk about in length on the site. Oddly enough I noticed a theme for my books for this weekly post….all had ties to WWII. This week I seemed to pick up two books that while being from vastly different recommended age groups both focused on the same time period although in very unique ways. One is a more traditional historical fiction genre for adults and the other is a highly imaginative juvenile fiction read perfect for classroom integration.

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake: I had heard a lot about this book and finally decided that despite my busy reading list, it must be read. The book focuses on World War II both on the home front and in the midst of the War in Europe. While being quite depressing the book is honest and deeply moving in it’s search for the truth of why horrible things such as war happen, showing that not every story has a happy ending and sometimes we have no answers for what happens in the world around us. This book reminded me a lot of another book I read a few years ago and greatly enjoyed despite it’s brutal honesty. Suite Francaise is another recommendation I would make to anyone who enjoys The Postmistress. Books such as this are often hard to read but then again they serve as a mirror to the truth that is often neglected. They remind us of the past and we hope keep it from ever being repeated.

Hitler’s Daughter by Jackie French: My next book oddly enough was a juvenile fiction book about the possibility of Hitler having a secret daughter. Set in Australia it details a story created by children about a daughter that Hitler would have hidden away because she was not perfect and therefore not a good example of his beloved master Aryan race. The book delves into many themes and asks questions that are often hard to answer..How could a child love a father who did such atrocious things and seemed to be ashamed of her? How could a father do such horrible things when he had a child whom he cared for but did not confirm to his belief system? It’s a deep book for it’s recommended audience (Grades 3-7) but I think it really makes history more personal and teaches that time period in a uniquely imaginative way.  I found this book through a wonderful new resource for anyone who loves children’s literature or works in a related field. 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up by Julia Eccleshare is a spectacular resource of must read children’s books, detailing books by age group, it is a must for anyone who yearns to be well acquainted with children’s literature. It is absolutely on my Christmas list as a “must have” resource for my personal library.

With that I wish you a wonderful week and happy reading from Stiletto Storytime!

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