The Book Thief Vocabulary

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Instructor: Lindsey Hays

Lindsey has taught Elementary Education, Spanish immersion, and ESL. She has a MS in Elementary Education with a BA in Spanish.

In 'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak, Liesel lives with a foster family in Nazi Germany in 1939. In this lesson, we'll look at some of the most prominent vocabulary and how it can better help us to understand this story, told from the perspective of the narrator, 'Death.'

The Book Thief

If death could talk, what would it say? What would it sound like? Markus Zusak wrote the novel The Book Thief from the perspective of Death and its presence in Nazi Germany in 1939. A young girl, Liesel, goes to live with an older couple called the Hubermanns. The Hubermanns also begin to house a Jewish boy in order to protect him from the Nazis. Liesel and the boy become friends. As they grow up and face challenges brought on by the conflict in Germany, Death makes its presence known.

In this lesson, we'll look at some vocabulary in the book to help us to better understand the character of Death and the story he has to tell.


Now that we know what the story is about, let's dive right in to the vocabulary.

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