Number the Stars

by Lois Lowry

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What color are Annemarie's eyes in Number the Stars?

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The author does not mention the colour of Ann Marie's eyes anywhere in the story, but does give enough descriptive detail about her appearance to suggest that they are probably a light color, most likely blue. For example he states that she has "silvery blonde hair." In addition, the author writes that her sister Kirsti has "bright blue eyes." So it is logical to think that Ann Marie's eyes are similarly colored.

The eye color and appearance of the characters in Number the Stars does matter. Darker eyes and complexions are generally associated with the Jewish characters, such as Ann Marie's friend Ellen who has both dark hair and dark eyes. At one point Ellen manages to pass herself off as a member of Ann Marie's family, but not without the German soldiers questioning why she has different colored hair and eyes to her supposed sisters.

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The color of Annemarie's eyes was not mentioned in the novel Number the Stars.  By looking at textual evidence, the reader can find clues which show the probable color of Annemarie's eyes.  One can do this by looking at the descriptions of her family members in the book.

Annemarie's hair was described several times in the novel.  In the first chapter of the book, "Annemarie's silvery blond hair flew behind her" as she ran.  Her hair was later described as being long.  Annemarie and Kirsti, her younger sister, had similarly colored hair.  One can assume that they probably had similarly colored eyes.  In Chapter 17, Kirsti was described as "waving a small flag... [and] her blue eyes were bright."  Annemarie and Kirsti's uncle was also described.  Annemarie noticed that "his deep blue eyes [were] kind and questioning" (Chapter 9).  By looking at the descriptions of other characters in the book, the reader can assume it is likely that Annemarie also had blue eyes in the story.

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Annmarie has light hair and blue eyes.  Since most Germans were blond-haired and blue-eyed, she blends in with them.  Her friend Ellen, on the other hand, has dark hair and eyes.  It was easy to distinguish Jews from other Germans based on their hair and eye color, even though not all Germans were blond haired and blue eyed.

There are many references to Annemarie’s hair and eye color, and her younger sister Kristi’s.  When the book opens, the children are running and stopped by German soldiers, one who comment that Kristi is pretty and looks like his daughter.  It is an example of establishing setting and characterization at the same time.

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