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Honey Cake by Joan Betty Stuchner - 8/10


Copenhagen is a beautiful city, even during the war. David is looking forward to having his writing published in the school paper, and to performing in a play with his friends. After delivering a mysterious box of éclairs for his father's bakery, though, David's life will change forever. The Nazis begin to push their regime harder in Denmark, and David's family must make a difficult journey to safety.


AGE RANGE KIDS

Suggested for ages 5+

(based on themes, not reading levels)


THEMES

World War II

Jewish

Bakery

Denmark

Copenhagen

Historical

Nazis


OVERALL RATING 8/10

I think this is a wonderful introduction to the topic of World War II for a young audience! This book is concise, entertaining, short, and not too upsetting. The illustrations add a beautiful touch to the story and make it more appealing for younger children as well. I can imagine this as a great book to read as a family with children of multiple ages, and maybe a good conversation starter if you want to introduce your children to the topics covered in a gentle way.

PROS Short and Concise


Great introduction to World War II for younger audiences

Violence and Scariness 2/5 Scary soldiers, hiding in shelter during air raid, girl falls and scrapes knee, boy's hand gets mild burn, mention of Jews disappearing. Sex and Romance 0/5 N/A



Emotional Intensity 4/5 Mention Hitler hating Jews, sister away fighting in the resistance, escaping Denmark and leaving home, leaving friends behind.


Drinking and Drugs 1/5 Soldiers smoking.


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