Book Review of
The Zookeeper’s Wife
After their zoo was bombed, Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski managed to save over three hundred people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages. With animal names for these “guests,” and human names for the animals, it’s no wonder that the zoo’s code name became “The House Under a Crazy Star.” Best-selling naturalist and acclaimed storyteller Diane Ackerman combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to re-create this fascinating, true-life story―sharing Antonina’s life as “the zookeeper’s wife,” while examining the disturbing obsessions at the core of Nazism. Winner of the 2008 Orion Award. 8 pages of illustrations
I got this book for my birthday. I love World War II stories and animal stories, so this was a definite read for me. The story is well written, but I thought it was a little choppy. This is a true story with amazing people in it. This story connected with Irene’s Children which I read recently. There were many interacting events that were described in both stories which gave me a good view of what it would have been like in Poland during the German occupation.