Anne Frank led a normal life before the Holocaust. She enjoyed parties and friends and boyfriends... pretty much the life of a teenager. Her perfect life was turned upside down when her family and a few others were constricted to the Secret Annexe during the Holocaust. The one thing that Anne found joy and hope in was her diary, "Kitty." 'Being Frank With Anne' is a poetic form of Anne's diary. It shows her emotions, her thoughts and her heart. This presentation of the diary will bring the world more understanding of Anne's world during the Holocaust.
When I first flipped through 'Being Frank With Anne', I was somewhat disappointed to find that it was poems. I started it reluctantly and then found myself getting drawn into Anne's world. By the end of the book, I was writing down my favorite poems. Most of the poems make you really think about the play of words and the message the author is trying to get across. Phyllis Johnson did an excellent job of portraying Anne's thoughts and feelings during the Holocaust. You will find yourself smiling and feeling sad as if you were there with Anne.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Tatamy, PA USA