eSource: Behind the Bookcase

Cover: Behind the Bookcase: Miep Gies, Anne Frank, and the Hiding Place
  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5

Anne Frank’s diary is a gift to the world because of Miep Gies.

One of the protectors of the Frank family, Miep recovered the diary after the family was discovered by Nazis, and then returned it to Otto Frank after World War II. Displaced from her own home as a child during World War I, Miep had great empathy for Anne, and she found ways—like talking about Hollywood gossip and fashion trends—to engage her. The story of their relationship—and the impending danger to the family in hiding—unfolds in this unique perspective of Anne Frank’s widely known story.

“A historically accurate but relatively gentle introduction to the Holocaust for elementary-age readers.”—Miriam Aronin, Booklist

“Author and illus­tra­tor do not deny Miep Gies’s extra­or­di­nary hero­ism but frame it as a nat­ur­al response to the events of her life and the depth of her emo­tion­al involve­ment in her Jew­ish com­pa­tri­ots’ tragedy.”—Emily Schneider, Jewish Book Council

“A solid, additional title that can serve as an introduction to Holocaust literature.”—Kathleen Isaacs, School Library Journal

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Behind the Bookcase: Teaching Guide 532 KB PDF

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