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Gr 3-6-Five young sisters experience life in New York's Lower East Side at the beginning of the 20th century in this reading of Sydney Taylor's story (Follett, 1951). The close-knit group encounters everyday realities such as boring chores, missing library books, and trips to the Rivington Street market, as well as those details which bring the early 1900's to life--scarlet fever, peddlers, and bathing at Coney Island. Woven into the story are the traditions and holidays of the Jewish religion. The girls celebrate the Sabbath with Hebrew prayers, and dress up for Purim so they can deliver baskets to friends and relatives. Suzanne Toren delivers flawless narration, using different accents to distinguish between characters of various cultures and backgrounds. Her intonations and pacing ably reflect the actions and emotions of the characters and fully convey the warmth and humor of the story. This excellent audiobook will find an eager audience in schools and public libraries which need materials reflecting the Jewish culture or serve children who enjoy family stories such as Little Women and Little House on the Prairie.-Paula L. Setser, Deep Springs Elementary School, Lexington, KY
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
Loved the story. Loved reading what life was like back then, through the eyes of 5 darling, and sometimes mischievous, Jewish sisters in New York City.Published 1 month ago by Wenonah Holmes
A great story about a Jewish family. I have read to my 3 and 7 year old. Sweet reading material. Nothing scary or controversial. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Georgia Brown
Deightful for younger folks. I was told an adult would like it and I did enjoy reading it, but I don't need to go through the whole series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Roberta Babits Carasso
It was wonderful to rediscover a childhood favorite. I loved it then! I love it now!Published 2 months ago by donna O. butler
The story a Jewish family in turn of the century NYC. I will never forget Sarah's punishment when she won't eat her chicken soup or how Mama gets the girls to continuously dust the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by jrs3155