Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmak by Carmen Agra Deedy

The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark by Carmen Agra Deedy and illustrated by Henri Sorensen was published in 2000. When I first heard of this story, I thought the story was true, but it is a legend, not factual.

However, this is a story about what would happen if we all refused to allow anyone to be discriminated against. If we all stood for kindness, caring, and love, we could have a better society.

The legend says that when the Nazis tried to make the Jews in Denmark wear the yellow star, the King of Denmark asked everyone in his country to wear the star. "If you wished to hide a star, where would you place it?"

The Danes wanted to be a country of Danes even if they worshiped different ways, so all the Danes wore stars to protect their Jewish brothers and sisters, and once again they were all Danes.

I like this book because it reminds us that we are all part of the human family and we must take care of each other. The illustrations by Henri Sorensen are beautiful.

Read to a child today even if that child is you.

Angie's NICU has a wonderful family who at least once a year donates books and other helpful items to the families staying in the NICU.

These books were donated in honor of Liam Gregory's wish list. I appreciate the generosity of Liam's parents, friends, and family. Thank you. All of these books bear a bookplate to honor Liam. 

Link to our NICU book registry if you'd like to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.

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