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Tell Me a Story: Stories from a Childhood in Old New York Hardcover – October 3, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
Tell Me a Story: Stories From a Childhood in Old New York
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book brings back my own childhood memories. The author has a way of keeping you interested. I highly recommend this book to anyone of Polish descendants.Published on June 22, 2013 by Heidi
What I loved about this book is that (with a couple of exceptions, stories that might be too disturbing for children), is that it's a wonderful teaching tool to give children a... Read morePublished on July 7, 2012 by Eva F. Kosinski