Book 4 – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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The boy in the Striped Pyjamas ~ John Boyne

I was glad I had this pretty much already to go today as it is Holocaust Memorial Day. 2015 is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz from the Nazis.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is based around those horrific events that occurred not only at Auschwitz, but at many concentration camps during  World War II.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne ~ follows a 9-year-old boy  growing up during World War II in Berlin, Germany. Having recently moved house, Bruno sees a camp from the windows, enclosed by wire fences but does not understand what it is. Despite warnings, he goes to explore the strange wire fence, where he meets a boy in striped pyjamas on the other side. This boy shares the same birthday as Bruno, and they strike up a friendship despite their differing backgrounds.

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4 comments on “Book 4 – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

  1. Deirdre Leahy says:

    I love this image, it’s heartbreaking, you can really see the pain in Shmuel’s face. I printed it off for my classroom – we study this novel in second year. Thank you very much. Deirdre

    • I’m glad you liked it, and that is exactly what I wanted to portray. Although he isn’t fully aware of the goings on, and there was joy of childhood innocence within the story, it was also a sad & confusing time for a young boy

      • Deirdre Leahy says:

        Thanks Arby, you got that feeling across very well. I put the picture up this afternoon and the students who saw it were touched – it is a good conversational starter too. Did you know John Boyne posted your photo on his blog/Facebook page? So well done, I look forward to the next one. (I’m an English teacher). Have a good weekend, Deirdre

      • Thank you for your kind words, I did know that he had seen it and re posted it on FB as well. 🙂 I hope your students enjoy the book!

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