In Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, Tivoli Gardens represents a time of peace and happiness to Annemarie and Ellen. The Gardens are a place where the girls could eat ice cream, ride on the carousel, and see fireworks. However, now, during the Nazi occupation: "Tivoli Gardens was closed...The German occupation forces had burned part of it..."(Chapter 4). The Gardens represent the identity of the people where families could gather and enjoy life.
Interestingly enough, Tivoli Gardens also represents the past, a way of life and a sense of identity that will never be the same after the war. The girls are playing with paper dolls and pretending they are characters from the novel, Gone With the Wind. They pretend the dolls are Melanie, Scarlett, and Bonnie, and instead of going to a ball, they go to Tivoli Gardens. Of course, in the novel, the South becomes gone with the wind, a way of life that is lost forever after the Civil War. In this manner, Lowry illustrates how the lives of the girls will be forever changed after the war just the same as the characters in Gone With the Wind.