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Tell Me a Story: Stories from a Childhood in Old New York Hardcover – October 3, 2011

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About the Author

Bea Gold is a painter, woodcut artist, avid gardener, community activist, early childhood specialist, mother of 4 children, grandmother of 5 and great-grandmother of 1. Born in New Your City, she attended the Art Student's League under scholarship during her high school years and beyond. She relocated to California as a young adult, and has lived in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles for 36 years. Bea presently is a member of an international, on line wood-cut society and paints family portraits on commission. A leader in early childhood education, she is a retired Executive Director of a public service, non-profit agency serving families of young children with special needs. She has maintained her public service work since her retirement through serving on the boards of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council and the Griffith Park Adult Community Center Club.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432778005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432778002
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,745,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 26, 2012
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Bea Gold is a unique lady with special gifts. Not only is she an accomplished 'outsider/primitive' school artist (think Grandma Moses), able to create another time and atmosphere with very little detail, but she is also a fine writer who is able to tell stories form a child's point of view - even though these stories are written about Gold's own experiences growing up as a first generation American Jew in New York of the 1930s and 1940s. It is this combination of ingredients that makes this book - TELL ME A STORY - so engaging, a rich mixture of growing into a new culture with all the new accouterments of family tradition and the novelty of America.

Her stories are 36 in number, each story fills one page and opposite that page is an illustrative moment from the story. In many ways it is like a Child's Garden of Verses - the topics include foods and the preparation of same (chocolate pudding, lentil soup, bean and barley, potato latkes), her parents, the members of the neighborhood, the changes in schools, the Pogrom, visits to the dentist, and on and on. Each story bristles with he authenticity of New York life and the experience of being Jewish in those days.

Originally conceived as an art project (Bea Gold is very active in the Silver Lake Art Collective, an avid gardener, an experienced early childhood specialist), displayed with the art accompanied by the associated story in a gallery space, bringing these stories and artworks to the general public is a major step forward. Likely we will be seeing more about Bea Gold! Grady Harp, February 12
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First I would like to thank Bea Gold for the opportunity to read and review this wonderful coffee table book, it was very enjoyable!

The stories in this book are based on Bea's own childhood recollections and each story is accompanied by her own artwork, which I would say added dimension and beauty! Her writing is very engaging - I found myself constantly picking up the book every day and reading a few stories. The stories are written as being told through the eyes of a young girl being raised by immigrant parents in the 1930's and 40's New York. In reading this book I found that these stories are still relevant today. It brought me back to similar stories in my childhood, both happy and sad. It is a compilation of some very moving stories which left me looking for more! It is my hope that she continues in writing the next chapters of her life, now in California, as I am sure there are many great stories still left to tell.

There are so many touching and powerfully moving stories in this book such as her Daddy the practical joker, the death of her Grandfather, along with her family moving frequently. There was even a recipe that I would like to try - a delicious lentil soup!

This book is a must have for your coffee table, that is where my copy is and I know it will be enjoyed for many years to come.
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There are thirty-six stories in this book based on the memory of a young girl living in New York City in the 30's and 40's. Raised by immigrant parents, the author's writing and artwork are so beautiful that you can almost feel yourself in the city that never sleeps (some people think that is Las Vegas) but, we more mature people know its New York. I didn't read this book in one sitting although I could have, but read a few stories at a time to savor them.

Although I was brought up in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut, reading this book I found that these stories apply to all kids growing up in the era before the war started and, knowing that these tales could create memories in all children of all races and religions and geographic locations.

Let me give you, the readers, a small idea of some of the truly tender moments in this book and also, some that were not so tender but, that's life. The first: a story called "Naming" where the girl and her mother are talking about when her ancestors came to America and the authorities gave the immigrants new names that coincided with their real names. The next example is a story called "Getting Teddy." The girl's Aunt brought her a puppy because she was an only child and her Aunt thought the puppy would be good company for the girl. But, her mother objected as the house was so clean that the puppy would dirty it up. Mama let her keep the puppy but she kept a wooden hanger to beat the dog with if it had an accident. The author writes: "She never beat the dog and the dog was always with the girl until she (the dog) died. She was NEVER hit and I was never lonely again.
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