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Aim / learning intention:To learn about the Holocaust; to learn about how ordinary people can both be accomplices with oppressive regimes and genocidal acts, as well as oppose both in whatever way they can; to have confidence in standing up for what is right; to think about the type of narratives used to justify genocidal programmes. Access-restricted-item true Addeddate 2011-08-18 22:44:30 Boxid IA142216 Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II City Mankato, Minn. Donor If you are interested in using Rose Blanche in the classroom, the following resource may be useful: I believe the story focuses on three primary characters. The first, Rose, is a young girl who is unfamiliar with what is happening in her town (the war), and she is curious to find out and grasp an understanding of these events. The author continues to develop her character by following her curiosity, interest, and reactions of the war. The second characters, the soldiers, are represented as a being, a force from which change is occurring. The third character is the children and individuals in the concentration camps, from which Rose’s character is further developed in how she reacts to them. The author does a great job of trying to place Rose in almost every picture as you follow her journey. During World War II, a young German girl's curiosity leads her to discover something far more terrible than the day-to-day hardships and privations that she and her neighbors have experienced

Some researchers however, have seen this use of the omniscient narrator as a device used by McEwan to make this story more accessible to British children. Child readers are able to relate their knowledge of wartime Britain to the lives of ordinary people in Germany. Other translations have been accused of subjecting children to a sense of moral responsibility, whereas the British version distances them from the events and allows them to learn about the Holocaust within the safety of a more interpretive framework.https://www.history.org.uk/primary/categories/315/module/7836/global-learning-programme/7843/rose-blanche Rose Blanche often went shopping for her mother. There were long queues outside the shops, but no one grumbled. Everybody knew that food was needed for the soldiers who were always hungry.’ Agnew and Fox (2001) state their belief that it is vital that children are made aware of the evils of the past and how that has often been met with courage. If they are to understand the history of the world they have inherited and also make sense of the future they confront then children need narratives which explore these events, no matter how horrific they were. What better way of introducing this difficult topic than with story and through pictures that can provide a gateway whereby children can access this? Caption: Front cover of Rose Blanche, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti and written by Ian McEwan. Image courtesy of https://www.worldofbooks.com/ The illustrations in this book are very powerful and full of color and meaning. The book does not inform the reader about the illustrations use of medium or technique, although most of the pictures look hand drawn and could have been used with colored pencil or acrylics. The artist clearly utilizes the concept of line in almost all of his drawings. In one picture, the girl is crossing a bridge with water underneath her (in which she refers to as a mirror). He grasps this concept by placing a white line across the upper third of the picture to represent where the water starts and how the picture is then a mirror image. The artist also draws the reader’s attention to a particular area by placing the lines or shapes in that direction.

Rose Blanche, written and illustrated by Roberto Innocenti, is a very powerful historical fiction book. The characters within the book are believable and the story is set within the realistic past. The events in this book could have actually happened. In this book, Rose lives in a small town in Germany. This town is very well represented by the illustrations in the book. Through most of the illustrations in the book, students are able to grasp the understanding that this event occurred in the past (the older cars, the starkness of the colors, and the outfits worn by the characters), and is realistic. Innocenti is said to have conceived Rose Blanche as ‘an invitation to respond’ (Reynolds and Romeron 2003) and it does this in so many ways. My survey of primary teachers showed that 89% choose WW2 fiction that provides opportunities for discussion and this book is an excellent example of that. I would argue that an ‘enabling adult’ (Chambers 1985) during the reading of this book would help children respond to it thoughtfully and to feel safe in doing so. Chambers, Aiden. “The Reader in the Book”, Booktalk: Occasional Writing on Literature & Children. Thimble Press. 1985

urn:lcp:roseblanche00inno:epub:1af2cc81-1013-4fa2-99e4-13cc6c8917eb Extramarc University of Toronto Foldoutcount 0 Identifier roseblanche00inno Identifier-ark ark:/13960/t5q82bv9w Isbn 087191994X Lccn 85070219 Ocr_converted abbyy-to-hocr 1.1.20 Ocr_module_version 0.0.17 Openlibrary OL2556990M Openlibrary_edition Nodelman, Perry. Words about Pictures: The Narrative Art of Children’s Picture Books. The University of Georgia Press. 1988.

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