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I Am David [Paperback]

By Anne Holm (Author) & L. W. Kingsland (Translator)
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Overview
Having escaped from the eastern European concentration camp where he has spent most of his life, twelve-year-old David struggles to cope with an entirely strange world as he flees northward to freedom in Denmark. Originally published as North to Freedom. An ALA Notable Book. Simultaneous.

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David's entire twelve-year life has been spent in a grisly prison camp in Eastern Europe. He knows nothing of the outside world. But when he is given the chance to escape, he seizes it. With his vengeful enemies hot on his heels, David struggles to cope in this strange new world, where his only resources are a compass, a few crusts of bread, his two aching feet, and some vague advice to seek refuge in Denmark. Is that enough to survive?
David's extraordinary odyssey is dramatically chronicled in Anne Holm's classic about the meaning of freedom and the power of hope.


Citations And Professional Reviews
I Am David by Anne Holm & L. W. Kingsland has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 693
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2004 page 381
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2004 page 381
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2006 page 87


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Sandpiper
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.6" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2004
Publisher   Harcourt Brace
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  8-12
ISBN  0152051600  
ISBN13  9780152051600  


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More About Anne Holm & L. W. Kingsland


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! ANNE HOLM (1922-1998) was born in Denmark, and she began her writing career as a journalist. I Am David was originally published--under the title David--in Denmark, where it became a million-copy bestseller and received numerous awards.

Anne Holm was born in 1922 and died in 1998.

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Reviews - What do customers think about I Am David?

Great movie  Jul 5, 2007
This is one of the most moving stories I have seen on film. Although the book was excellent, parts of the book seemed contrived. The movie had a different feel. This is not an action film, but a great deal of the story is told by facial expressions and "body language." It is also a meaningful film which can be shared with the entire family. There are certainly historical lessons which can be discussed. We have watched it several times and not gotten tired of it yet.
 
I Am David--Must be published  Apr 1, 2007
It is a must to publish this manuscript, "I Am David", written by Anne Holm. This is about a boy named David who had spent his twelve years of live in a concentration camp. David did not know how he got into the camp, his religion and who his parents were. Things change when a guard gave David a chance to escape. This book shows that hope shines brightest in the darkness of times.
Firstly, David has very high moral standards. For instance, he refuses to accept payment for a small service that he renders voluntarily to a stranger. Also, David refuses to hit a boy back after the boy beat him into a pulp and called him names. This is because he thinks that if he hit him back, he would be just as rotten and worthless as the boy, thus he would have no right to be able to escape. For him, to choose to observe high moral standards is a symbol of his newfound liberty.
Secondly, David was very courageous. He sprang into a burning shed to save a little girl, Maria. It was through his courageous act that Maria did not die. Although David was courageous, he did not dash into the burning shed without thinking. He was smart enough to wrap wet clothes around his head to keep the smoke out, thus preventing him from being unconscious and being burnt to death too. He learnt this skill by seeing a man in the camp doing this when the man escaped from a burning building, thus he was applying past knowledge to new situations.
Lastly, David was very determined to learn new things. When he first escaped from the camp, he did not really know how to read and write. After much practice, he finally managed to do it. Also, David did not know how to use words properly at first. For instance, instead of saying that a bathroom was "lovely", he said that it was "beautiful and good". Thus, he began to learn of more words, for example how to use the word "nice", "pretty" and "beautiful" differently.
"I Am David" is a very touching book. Anne Holm uses him as a blank canvas on which can be drawn the first experiences of life - beauty, knowledge, trust, religion, love, everything. I hope that this finest novel ever will be published.

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Wonderful book  Apr 1, 2007
I Am David is about a boy named David, whose entire twelve years' of life has been spent in a grisly concentration camp in Eastern Europe. When he is given the opportunity to escape through the help of a prison guard, David seizes it. Knowing nothing about the outside world, David struggles to cope in this strange environment. Sensing that the prison guards are forever trying to track him down, he makes his journey alone armed with only a bundle containing a compass, a bottle of water, a knife, some crumbs of bread and some vague advice to get to Denmark. This is an inspiring story of a brave boy's search for freedom and survival.
I feel that I Am David is a good book because it is easy for children to relate to. It also teaches children moral values. I feel that I Am David helps us to appreciate simple things that we take for granted such as family love, a constant supply of food and water, a warm bath and school.
I Am David is written from the point of view of David himself, a child, so I found that it was very easy to relate to what he was thinking, and I feel most children should be able to do the same. Although he thinks differently from most of us, having gone through so much hardship, it is easy to put ourselves in his shoes.
Throughout the book, David shows many examples of moral values and strength of character. Even though he was hardened through those years spent in the concentration camp, David showed tenderness and kindness to all he met. I felt very touched as David never gave up, even in the face of defeat. This book has taught me a lot about persistence and kindness.
Lastly, I am David teaches us to appreciate simple things that we take for granted, as these are the very things that David needs! After reading this book, I began to treasure my daily necessities, knowing what it is like to not have them.
All in all, I am David is an excellent book. I recommend it to readers of all ages, but especially to children, as it easy for them to relate to and has many moral values. Also, reading this book helps us appreciate things around us that we take for granted. It is a story of one boy's struggle for survival. This is one of the best books I have ever read!

A.L.G.S
 
I Am David  Apr 1, 2007
I am David is a book about a boy called David who escapes from a concentration camp in Eastern Europe. He was then asked to go to Salonika and board a boat bound for Italy when no one is looking. From Italy, he walked to Denmark where his mother lives. Along the way, the courageous David's determination and trust for other people helped him reach Denmark.

When in Italy, Milan, David watched 2 boys and their sister playing in their father's barn. Out of a sudden, the barn is on fire. David quickly takes out a cloth and wets it. Then, he ties it over his mouth to prevent him form breathing in the smoke. Then, he courageously ran into the barn and saves the 2 boys' sister, Maria, from death. This example shows how courageous David is as he resisted the fire, regardless the risk of danger, not willing to let is take Maria "away" and brought her out of the barn. Also, at the end of the book, David showed courage as he knocked onto the door of his mother (which he did not know it was his mother) to seek instructions. I feel that was very courageous of David as he went to a stranger's private property and knocked on to the door.

During his entire trip, David showed determination from the start when he escaped form the concentration camp and did not want to be captured that is what I felt was determination. Also, another incident is when David was thrown off board from the ship into the sea when going to Italy. He swan with determination, hoping to reach shore and he never gave up. Never the less, during the trip from Eastern Europe to Denmark, he kept on walking, never talked of giving up, kept on walking till Denmark. That is why I feel that David is courageous.

In the concentration camp, David trusted the man, assuming that he was helping him to escape and trying to sabotage him. Also, when he stayed with Maria in Italy, David trusted that her parents would not report him to the police and kept him a secret. Moreover, David also trusted Johannes, his friend and teacher, when teaching him basic things of the "outside" world and never thought that Johannes was evil. Also, he trusted the Danish lady in Switzerland about the story of the boy called "David" and the story of his true parents.

Overall, I feel that I Am David is an excellent book to read as it shows a lot of moral values that has a great impact on life. Also, there morals such as courage, trust and determination don't just come around everyday; it takes a lot of time to understand them, which this book does explain those values.
 
I Am David  Apr 1, 2007
I am David is a book about a boy called David who escapes from a concentration camp in Eastern Europe. He was then asked to go to Salonika and board a boat bound for Italy when no one is looking. From Italy, he walked to Denmark where his mother lives. Along the way, the courageous David's determination and trust for other people helped him reach Denmark.

When in Italy, Milan, David watched 2 boys and their sister playing in their father's barn. Out of a sudden, the barn is on fire. David quickly takes out a cloth and wets it. Then, he ties it over his mouth to prevent him form breathing in the smoke. Then, he courageously ran into the barn and saves the 2 boys' sister, Maria, from death. This example shows how courageous David is as he resisted the fire, regardless the risk of danger, not willing to let is take Maria "away" and brought her out of the barn. Also, at the end of the book, David showed courage as he knocked onto the door of his mother (which he did not know it was his mother) to seek instructions. I feel that was very courageous of David as he went to a stranger's private property and knocked on to the door.

During his entire trip, David showed determination from the start when he escaped form the concentration camp and did not want to be captured that is what I felt was determination. Also, another incident is when David was thrown off board from the ship into the sea when going to Italy. He swan with determination, hoping to reach shore and he never gave up. Never the less, during the trip from Eastern Europe to Denmark, he kept on walking, never talked of giving up, kept on walking till Denmark. That is why I feel that David is courageous.

In the concentration camp, David trusted the man, assuming that he was helping him to escape and trying to sabotage him. Also, when he stayed with Maria in Italy, David trusted that her parents would not report him to the police and kept him a secret. Moreover, David also trusted Johannes, his friend and teacher, when teaching him basic things of the "outside" world and never thought that Johannes was evil. Also, he trusted the Danish lady in Switzerland about the story of the boy called "David" and the story of his true parents.

Overall, I feel that I Am David is an excellent book to read as it shows a lot of moral values that has a great impact on life. Also, there morals such as courage, trust and determination don't just come around everyday; it takes a lot of time to understand them, which this book does explain those values.
 

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