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The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark [Hardcover]

By Carmen Agra Deedy (Author)
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Retells the story of King Christian X and the Danish resistance to the Nazis during World War II.

Publishers Description
When Nazi soldiers occupied his country, King Christian X of Denmark committed himself to keeping all Danes safe from harm. The bravery of the Danes and their king during that dangerous time has inspired many legends. The most enduring is the legend of the yellow star, which symbolizes the loyalty and fearless spirit of the king and his people. The result is a powerful and dignified story of heroic justice, a story for all people and all times.

Awards and Recognitions
The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark by Carmen Agra Deedy has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Georgia Children's Book Award - 2006 Nominee - Picture Storybook category
  • Parents Choice Award (Fall) (1998-2007) - 2000 Winner - Gold category
  • California Young Reader Medal - 2004 Nominee - Picture Bk/Older Reader category
  • Christopher Awards - 2001 Winner - Ages 11-12 category
  • Bookseller's Choice - 2001 Winner - Nonfiction category
  • Bluebonnet Awards - 2003 Nominee - Children's category
  • Sydney Taylor Book Award - 2000 Notable - Older Readers category
  • Jane Addams Children's Book Award - 2001 Honor Book - Picture Book category

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark by Carmen Agra Deedy has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 07/17/2000 page 194
  • Booklist - 07/01/2000 page 2024
  • School Library Journal - 09/01/2000 page 193
  • Foreword - 09/01/2000 page 69
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2000 page 99
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2002 page 64
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2001 page 99
  • School Library Journal - 08/24/2000
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 660
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 990

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Peachtree Publishers
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.1" Width: 9.8" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 7, 2000
Publisher   Peachtree Publishers
Age  8-12
ISBN  1561452084  
ISBN13  9781561452088  
UPC  765288520847  

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More About Carmen Agra Deedy

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Carmen Agra Deedy is one of America's foremost storytellers. Her many award-winning books include Martina the
Beautiful Cockroach
, which received a Pura Belpre Honor, and her New York Times bestseller 14 Cows for America. Born in Havana, Cuba, Carmen drew on her love of folklore to create The Noisy Little Rooster. She lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit Carmen at
Eugene Yelchin loves to create books that explore the boundaries of universal truth. He is the author and illustrator of the Newbery Honor book Breaking Stalin's Nose, as well as the illustrator of many distinguished, award-winning picture books. These include Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw, and Elephant in the Dark, retold by Mina Javaherbin. Born in Russia, Eugene now lives in Topanga, California, with his wife and their two children. Visit him at

Carmen Agra Deedy currently resides in Tucker, in the state of Georgia.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Other
4Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Christianity > Ages 9-12
5Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Fiction > Fiction
6Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Mythology > Children's Books > Other

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It's a legend, not a fact  Mar 17, 2008
With so many stories of selfless acts of courage, to continue to promote this legend as fact to the very young children it is written for not only diminishes what the king actually did, but it overshadows other true and heroic acts of bravery exhibited by the Danes. The author's "apology" at the end notwithstanding, the amount of effort to perpetuate this legend could have better been spent elsewhere with any number of other brave tales.
Fairy Tale "history"  Feb 24, 2006
I am really appalled that so much fiction cloaked in cover endorsement gets into our libraries, especially books for children. According to a Danish website on Denmark in WWII, "In fact, Danish Jews never wore the yellow badge either, nor did German officials ever issue an order requiring Danish Jews to display it."

Even some Danes served in the Nazi S.S. There is always complications with military occupation. But My God, get your history right! It is criminal to palm off these distortions that read more like fairy tales when there is so much REAL history that is even more amazing. Why didn't this author just write a book about the REAL event of Georg Duckwitz and the Danish fishermen who saved Jews? His story is truly compelling.

History is no longer taught in public schools. Kids must now rely on books and TV to get some exposure. They do not have the savvy to tell if they are being fed a pack of lies. Authors who spread "wish it had happened" history instead of the truth are doing a great disservice. Shame on the pubisher for not looking out for our kids and for not really debating whether this book should be published.

Stick to the truth if you're gonna publish a "history" book.
Now what exactly is the road to hell paved with again?  Jul 26, 2004
If you were unaware of the history behind "The Yellow Star", you might find the idea of a negative review of this book distasteful. After all, what kind of cold-hearted lizard would be so cruel as to give a poor rating to a book that speaks about a king's love of his countrymen? What sort of sad sack of garbage would put down a story in which all persons, regardless of religion, are treated as human beings by their benevolent king? I mean, for a person to do such a thing they'd have to have a very very good reason. They'd have to feel, for example, that the book was a travesty against the very people it's attempting to praise. Such a reviewer am I. And such a terrible book is "The Yellow Star".

Allow me to sum it up. As stated in the title, this tale is the legend of King Christian X of Denmark. A noble man, his subjects loved him dearly and he always made wise decisions. One day, however, the Nazis came. Though Christian was able to stave off their insistence that the Nazi flag fly high, he was powerless against an edict that would force all Jews to wear the yellow star. After much soul searching and pondering, King Christian came up with a brilliant solution. The next day, while riding his horse amongst the people as usual, the king sported a yellow star of his own. And in time all the Danish people did the same.

Ah, you say. What an inspiring story. What a swell testament to such a strong man and his convictions. What a... WHAT? You're telling me it isn't true? Nope. As it happens you may have missed the word "legend" in the subtitle. Now there was a King Christian of Denmark, yes. And he was a good king. Why, a simple reading of the excellent "Number the Stars" (a book that the author of this tale mentions in her Author's Note, none to my surprise) will prove that much. And sadly, "Number the Stars", though a fiction, is far more truthful than this particular creation. Now don't get me wrong. The author freely admits in the Author's Note that this story isn't true. I wonder how many parents regularly read such notes to their kids after reading this story... hm. I wonder how many adults would even bother with an Author's Note themselves? Author Deedy writes that this book is supposed to be a "what if?" story. She then lists the actions the Danes actually took against the oppressive Nazis. It's as if their actual efforts weren't enough. Who cares if they smuggled 7,000 Jews to Sweden? Who cares that of the 500 deported only 51 died? Let's write a fairy tale instead where ALL the Jews were perfectly safe because their big hearted king saved them, the end. What kind of person looks at human suffering and the heroics that went into saving a group from destruction and then says, "It wasn't enough. I need to make a story where the king did even more"? Not only is this insulting to the very people you're trying to commemorate, but you've just treated their accomplishments as paltry. This book is a slap in the face to every Dane that actually saved a Jewish life. It says to them, "Ah yes, you were fine, but what if you'd done THIS?". It makes me sick. And when Deedy lists the Danes accomplishments in her Author's Note, how do you know what she writes is true? She never quotes a single source or backs up any of her facts with reliable resources. She could be making up every word in this book (rather than every other word) and we'd never be the wiser.

For a fun time, check out some of the professional reviews of this picture book. If you look on the back cover of "Yellow Star" you may see a quote from School Library Journal that says, "Deed's language is simple and rhythmic... This is an interesting and thought-provoking piece of work". Here's the rest of that review that you didn't see. "Readers are sure to be disappointed to find out that it is legend, and not verified history.-Martha Link, Louisville Free Public Library, KY". Truthfully, when a book decides that it's going to tell a "what if" story about something as black and horrific as the Holocaust, it makes that event small and easy to ignore. A note on the back of the book says that this story, "will involve elementary age children in this legend while exposing them to harsh truths". No it won't. Give your children Roberto Innocenti's, "Rose Blanche". Give them the exquisite and far preferable "Number the Stars". Heck, give them Dr. Seuss's "Yertle the Turtle". Every one of these books is a better written and far more respectful treatment of injustice at the hands of the powerful and none of them pretend to be non-fiction. "The Yellow Star" insults the memory of those remarkable Danish people that risked it all to save their friends and neighbors. Honor them by not purchasing this book.
History Grad. student  May 17, 2003
Authors should be more responsible in writing historical fiction, by sticking to the truth and not by distorting history. They ought to write their chara. around the history, not the other way!
Beautiful Book  Dec 7, 2002
The Yellow Star is a beautifully told and illustrated story.

The story is only a legend. Author Carmen Deedy writes about which portions of the story are in fact true in a small section at the end of the book.

The language of the book and the illustrations are beautiful. Even though the story is based on a legend and not actual events, it is a beautiful tale of standing by each other and not allowing our differences to separate us.

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