Twenty and ten

By: Claire Huchet Bishop


The theme of Twenty and Ten was people should stand up for what is right even if it's hard. In the book, standing up for what is right meant protecting the ten Jewish children against the Nazis. The twenty French children put themselves at risk in order to protect the other children. They had to sacrifice by sharing the food they had between thirty kids instead of twenty because it was the right thing to do to make sure everyone had something to eat. The twenty had to lie because it was the only way to protect the other children and the right thing to do at the time. At many times in this book, the children put their lives at risk to do what was right and that was saving the other children.


It's war time and there is death and dying. The lives of children are danger. In order to save the lives of ten children, twenty other children must risk their safety and their lives. Through bravery, games, and friendship the children are able to come together to do great things. There is action and adventures in this book.

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Historical Event

The real historical event that takes place or is mentioned in "Twenty and Ten" is the German invasion of France. In the spring of 1940, the Germans took over many countries including France. When the Germans did this, it gave Germany control of almost all of Western Europe. During this time, the German systematic genocide program known as the Holocaust killed six million Jews in Germany and German-occupied areas.

In "Twenty and Ten", the author tells one of the children's actual story of how she survived the German take over in France. Throughout the book several events happen where the children have to hid from and outsmart the Germans. At one point, two German soldiers come to the house where the French and German children are staying. The German children hid while the French children distracted the soldiers.


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"WW2 Reads for Kids." En Route RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2014. <>.

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