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Gr 4-8--Zipporah Feldman, a 12-year-old Jewish immigrant from Russia, uses diary entries to chronicle her family's activities as they acclimate to life on New York City's Lower East Side. The hopes and dreams of a young girl are beautifully portrayed through Lasky's eloquent and engaging narrative. Readers are quickly drawn into Zipporah's world of traditional Jewish ritual and celebrations and will identify with the girl's desires to aspire to greatness in her new home. She absorbs the freedom of America, wanting to share her enthusiasm with her parents, encouraging her father to pursue his love of music and trying to persuade her mother to shed some of her strict religious ways. The story's historical significance is evident in the Feldman's arrival at Ellis Island and the subsequent procedures immigrants had to endure, and in the description of the factory fire in which Zipporah's friend dies, which is based on the famous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory of 1911. Characters are portrayed as strong individuals, and their motives are believable. Readers learn in an epilogue that Zipporah pursued her love for the theater and eventually rose to stardom. Archival photos, accompanied by a recipe for hamantaschen and the traditional Jewish song to welcome the Sabbath, bring the reality of the novel to light. A story of hope and of love for one's country.
Janet Gillen, Great Neck Public Library, NY
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Zippy is a very witty character and she draws you into her story. My only complaint is that something happens in the story which was a clear reference to an event that happened... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Meghan U.
Just finished reading this book in Russian (yes! it was translated into Russian). Loved it. Gave it to my husband. He enjoyed it too. Now my MIL is reading it.
I've read two Dear America books now, this being the 2nd. I had heard great things about them, but so far, I found them merely average. Read morePublished on May 2, 2011 by M. Reynard
Of all the books in this series, I was really taken aback by this one. In fact, I would have to say that this is one of my personal favorites. Read morePublished on January 28, 2011 by Sylviastel
The book arrived promptly and in great condition. Excellent service! Would recommend this seller.Published on July 29, 2010 by saphira
I know the ending is supposed to be dramatic, but it might as well be the ending of a theater play.Published on February 18, 2010 by C. Meng
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It seems I like all the Dear America books, and this one is no exception. Read more
Bought this for my tween daughter. She really likes to read books with an historical perspective. Would recommend for ages 10-12.Published on September 7, 2008 by Speechy
Have you ever encountered a book for young readers so good that it gave you goose bumps? This is such a book. Read morePublished on February 12, 2008 by J. Arena