David escapes from the concentration camp where he has spent his entire life and flees across Europe. He is utterly alone – who can he trust? What will await him? And all the while, how can he be sure that they won’t catch up with him...David learns that his polite manner, his haunted eyes and his thin features are strange to other people. He must learn to fend for himself in this strange new world.
This is The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas meets Jonathan Safran Foer for children. An incredible story of survival against all odds and self discovery.
©1963 Anne Holm; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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The way the writer describes the surroundings
Every little detail, especially the way David pray
Every time he calls out to the God of the Green Pasture, it is sooooo sincere
When you surging for something bigger than yourself, do as David: God of the green pastures..... it is me... David
Read this book 3 times, listen to this book twice already, only downloaded it in this week
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
This is quite simply one of the most beautiful, heart rendering stories I have ever heard. Breaking down every barrier, looking deep into the human spirit, revealing the good in a boy who had every reason to be bitter, to be broken beyond repair, this historical tale brings the reader from the child's escape from a concentration camp through his journey through Europe. The genuine, forthright way that David deals with his environment, the people he meets, those who would harm him or help him is touching, amazing, thought provoking. That a child who had escaped from a lifetime in a concentration camp could have such compassion and reasoning of right and wrong, that he would choose to believe in "the God of the green pastures" . . . the God of the David in the Bible . . . well, it goes to show that words, even few words spoken to children with ears to hear are sometimes retained. Though the book is historical fiction, it is true to the times, and well could have happened. God bless those who lost family members in the concentration camps . . . God bless those who survived . . . and God help us all who let it happen.
I've loved this book since I had to read it in year 8 at school. The story is intriguing and the main character, David, grows and develops as the story unfolds. It was well read and flowed smoothly. I'd definitely recommend this one!
I had no expectations of this book since I had not heard or read anything about it. It is a simple but wonderful testimony of the living spirit of an innocent boy. It was a bery poignant story. I have recommended it to several of my friends.
What a treat to read something with such a good underlying message but with such a well crafted storyline. It was one of those books that left me wishing for the story to continue. The author very effectively delivered glimpses into a world seen through the eyes of a child, and then added on experiences so we could share in the evolution. Really it was captivating from the beginning, and the main character (David) was wonderful company.
I remember reading this one for school a long time ago so thought I would revisit it with my 12 year old son and I can say we loved it. In fact, I would say it is one of the best books I have read, it is beautifully written and we found it quite gripping to listen to, but what I most enjoyed is the way it makes you think, both about the story of David's escape and travels, and the ideas in the book. I enjoyed it as a child, but I got so much more out of it as an adult.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
I enjoyed this story immensely and the only reason it has four stars is that it was incomplete, meaning the author should have written more.
Narrator - This story was told with a voice filled with compassion without being saccharine. I enjoyed the mellow tones and I felt that the accents were well done without being over the top. It was done with typical British reserve. I loved this narration.
The Story - A terrific story that I enjoyed very much indeed. But there were simply too many gaps. It was like the author had a great idea and was working to a deadline to get it finished. Very sad that a great story was, not ruined, but "a little spoiled" by the lack of filling in the gaps. Having said that it is still well worth a listen.
"As good as I remembered"
I read this many times as a child and have just finished listening for the first time as an adult. A brilliant book.
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