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08 September 2010 @ 12:24 pm
re-tellings and re-envisionings  



Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon brought to life the 9/11 Commission report in their past collaboration. In ANNE FRANK (Hill and Wang 2010), the two create and recreate a story that is quite familiar to many readers. This is the Anne Frank House authorized graphic biography of Anne Frank and her family who went into hiding during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam. As they did for the 9/11 report, Jacobson and Colon breathe life into a story that has been told in so many different ways from Anne's own diary, published after her death by her father, to the numerous books and accounts by others. Readers meet the Franks before Anne's birth and get to know the family more intimately. As scenes unfold, the source for the information they contain is revealed in small boxes above panels. Excerpts from Anne's dairy are, of course, included as the family moves into hiding in the Annex. The use of color is spare in places and emboldened in others (most notably, the colors seem to flare from the page when Hitler and the Nazi party make their first appearances). "Snapshots" are visual and text asides that provide some background information on the events unfolding during this historic time. And yet, the attention is never drawn away from the human story. Anne seems somehow more real rendered in GN format. The life and death of her family and friends are powerfully moving. This book deserves attention from classroom teachers who would do well to offer this in lieu of the play or diary format or, at the very least, as one of the alternatives to those versions of Anne Frank's story. <384>

POSSIBLE READING LADDER RUNGS:

ANNE FRANK
THE BOOK THIEF
NIGHT
BOY IN STRIPED PAJAMAS
ONCE
ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED
SHADOW LIFE
NO PRETTY PICTURES
THE DEVIL'S ARITHMETIC
ANNE FRANK AND ME
A PICTURE BOOK OF ANNE FRANK

These selections include fiction and nonfiction, picture books, plays, and novels. There are many more that could be added to this ladder.
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