Death has a sweet-tongued tone, like a benevolent grandpa narrating the movie of Markus Zusak’s much beloved novel, The Book Thief, as he picks off characters on the large canvas of small town Germany during World War II. Yes the citizenry suffered bombings, conscription into the army, and deprivations of all kinds. But at least they weren’t hunted down like vermin. At a recent luncheon at Michael’s, “the book thief,” Sophie Nelisse, her blue eyes wide and apple cheeks impossibly healthy says kids her age, 13, don’t know this history, even in Montreal, her native city, which, like Toronto and other large Canadian cities, has a significant population of Jews and Holocaust survivors. So the question is, will this movie teach them something about a dark time?