Charming, funny and a bit frightening!
This is all the things this little book has in abundance!
I had no idea what to expect with it, I honestly just picked it up in a charity shop to make it to the four for a pound deal. I thought that maybe it would be quite dark, that terrible things might happen in it, a bit like the boy in the striped pyjamas. But, I was pleasantly surprised!
From the POV of a ten year old Anna, who is of Jewish descent living in Germany, with a dad who writes and publishes articles on the news, the family of four is forced to flee from their home before the Nazi’s take away their passports!
I was always worried that something bad was going to happen, and some times, little Anna built it up, and it just turned out to be something silly. Something children worried about, which I guess is quite adorable! It’s a lovely little refreshing read, and Judith Kerr paints the picture perfectly!
The only qualms I had was that there were so many names, I just had no idea who they were talking about half the time, and as I see it more as a children’s book than an adult read (although, I definitely recommend it to the adults of the world), I think it would be quite hard for a child to keep up with it all!
From some further research, I’ve found that this little book is actually semi-autobiographical, and Judith Kerr was the little Anna that fled her home from Berlin via Switzerland to escape to Paris and later England because her father was wanted by the Nazi’s!
The title comes from Anna having to decide which toy she wants to take on her journey, and she chooses a little woolly dog and leaves behind pink rabbit because she believes they’ll come back. This is followed by the Nazi’s repossessing their house, and all of what they owe, and thus making Anna believe that Hitler stole pink rabbit.
All-in-all, it’s a beautiful book, and not something I would usually read, but the smallness of it helped draw me in, and I will definitely be looking out for the other two books in her Out of the Hitler Time Series!