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Brooklyn Bridge Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 2, 2008
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Well worth the five year wait, award winning author Karen Hesse's new book, Brooklyn Bridge, is a memorable mix of historical fiction with a trace of enchanting fantasy. Hesse introduces this immigrant tale with a quote by Isaac Newton:" We build too many walls and not enough bridges". This quote could be considered "a spoiler" if one could interpret its relevance prior to reading the story. However, readers must finish the book in order to see what Ms. Hesse means by using this quotation symbolically in relation to the actual Brooklyn Bridge and humanity, especially in the special era she wrote about.
In the early 1900s, the family of fourteen-year-old Joseph Michtom has come from Russia to settle in America where the streets are made of gold. His is the typical lively and colorful family who has come to live the immigrant life of 1903 Brooklyn. Joseph who has a pretty good life for a kid in those days, filled with stick ball, a good home, family and lots of friends, is blessed but his dream centers on going to the new and thrilling amusement park known as Coney Island. However, Coney Island must wait. The Michtom family, in Joseph's mind, is doing fine with their candy store when suddenly his Dad gets an idea that instead of making toy bears out of metal or wood, they should be made of cloth. Before you can say `teddy bear', the idea takes off and the family is swamped with the demand for these bears. Joseph's family time is now devoted to this new "invention" and there is no time for Coney Island much less his "regular" boyhood life of friends and frivolity.
Interspersed between the chapters that tell of Joseph and his family and friends comes the haunting story of the kids who live under the bridge.Read more ›
To hear fourteen-year-old Joseph Michtom tell it, everything was fine before the bears. Yeah, his family wasn't rich or anything. His dad ran a candy store and they were like everyone else in their neighborhood. They made do. Then President Roosevelt had to go and NOT shoot a bear and everything went wrong. His Dad got this crazy idea about making stuffed bears out of cloth instead of wood or metal and suddenly everyone and his brother wanted one! Now Joseph's dad never has time to do little things like take his kids to Coney Island, and with all the family drama Joseph's feeling a little shut out.Read more ›
This story also has a darker side to it. In between the chapters about Joseph's family are short passages telling of the children who are homeless, some orphans, others the victims of abuse, who live under the Brooklyn Bridge. There is even a ghost who haunts the bridge and predicts the disappearance of children who live there. It is not a pretty picture. Theses children are literally "throw-aways." The ones no one wants or cares about. They struggle every single day just to survive. Reading this story makes one wonder how caring people could have turned their backs on helpless children. But then, things like that don't happen now days...do they?
I would recommend this books for older elementary aged students or middle schoolers. It might be a little frightening for younger children or those who are more sensitive to "scary" stuff.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book starts off boring but half way through the book it gets good If your reading for summer reading the start early because it takes a while to get the main ideaPublished 24 months ago by julian
It's a kid book, but really for adults. I' wouldn't buy it for a child unless she was very mature for her age. No mature contents, just too cerebral for most kidsPublished on August 14, 2014 by A Reader Two
This book is about an immigrant family's experience at the beginning of the 1900's in Brooklyn.
Told from the perspective of their oldest child, and interweaving the older... Read more
It seemed authentic and depicted a rich ethnic view of New York in early 1900 through the eyes of a young teenaged boy. Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by Tap
My son read this book for school. He thought the book was well written, had a good story and he really enjoyed it. He is 12 years old.Published on November 30, 2012 by Laura Timoney
This book was great with a lot of meaning, it brought me close to a bridge were I grew up and I got it at a great price...Published on August 7, 2012 by OrazioMan
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