So yesterday, my 10 yo DS comes home from school, unpacks his backpack and says "look mom - I got an award today for highest points for our advanced reading group!" (he's in the 4th grade but reads on a 7th/8th grade level) - so I'm all excited and congratulate him - you know - do the "mommy" thing . So I tell him to put it upstairs with his other awards and he goes about his playing. Then I'm going through his backpack looking at papers and such...and I happen to see this colorful drawing he did and its entitled "Number The Stars"... - it has a house, a fence with barbed wire....a tank...(so now my interest is really peaked.. thinking.."Hmm...what is this all about") - I see a necklace with a Jewish Star and it's encircling a little girl - then I see a soldier standing above the little girl - and I notice whats on this soldiers arm - a Nazi arm band. It hits me - and I just stood there - realizing what my son has drawn and my heart just melts. So I call him downstairs and ask him what this picture is about and he proceeds to tell me its a book he chose to read, that he picked out at the library, about a little 10 year old girl named Anne Marie who risked her life to save her best friend Ellen from being relocated by the Nazi's. I just stood there and looked at him - then hugged him tightly to me. The next words out of his mouth shocked and awed me (as if I werent shocked and awed enough already right?) He says to me "Oh yeah..and The Diary of Anne Frank was a great book too Mom, have you ever read it? She was one brave little girl." Never underestimate your children... they are our future.