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Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story by [Lesléa Newman, Amy June Bates]
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From School Library Journal

Gr 2–5—"What if Mama's cousin Mendel doesn't like me?…What if English is too hard to learn? What if I never see Mama again?" Nine-year-old Gittel is alone on a ship to America after her mother's eye infection causes a health inspector to refuse the woman passage. Finding comfort in Basha, a favorite rag doll, Mama's candlesticks, and some children on board, Gittel finally steps foot on Ellis Island only to learn that the precious folded paper with cousin Mendel's address is watermarked and illegible. Not even knowing Mendel's last name, the girl feels that her situation is hopeless until a kindly Yiddish interpreter comes up with the perfect solution. Newman based the book on two true family stories. An author's note includes photos as well as a brief history of the approximate three million Eastern European Jews who fled the shtetls and pogroms in the early 1900s. A short glossary of Yiddish words and phrases and a bibliography are also appended. The book is beautifully designed and illustrated; blue endpapers feature prints of the ship approaching Lady Liberty, while the other pages are light brown with black printed borders or classical arches. The watercolor illustrations artfully capture an era and people, from their simple woolen clothes to their expressive faces. VERDICT Pair this with Patricia Polacco's The Keeping Quilt for an historical look at early immigration.—Barbara Auerbach, Cairo Public Library, NY --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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**STARRED REVIEW**
"Mixed-media images by Bates (The Big Umbrella), washed in yellows and browns and framed by woodblock motifs, give readers a vivid sense of the historical context while infusing the story with a timeless emotional immediacy. Newman (Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed) skillfully modulates her narration, capturing her protagonist’s feelings of excitement, loneliness, and fear. The ending, handled with both restraint and warmth, relies on one of those improbable twists of good fortune that define so many immigrant stories—and it’s based on a real event."
(Publishers Weekly)

**STARRED REVIEW**
"Beautifully designed and illustrated . . . The watercolor illustrations artfully capture an era and people."
(School Library Journal)

**STARRED REVIEW**
"Newman's spare yet evocative text works well as a read-aloud, and the solution to Gittel's problem . . . is both clever and true . . . She [Bates] employs Old World style decorative frames throughout (setting off both art and text), appropriate to the story's turn-of-the-century setting."
(Booklist)

"The illustrations are beautiful . . . Classroom teachers can use as an example text showing one child’s story of immigration. An excellent addition to a library collection."
(School Library Connection)

"Newman tells Gittel’s story with sympathy and tenderness, incorporating Jewish phrases (italicized) and customs and placing within it facts about that time and place. Gittel’s every emotion is felt in Bates’ soft, earth-toned, framed illustrations reminiscent of old-time sepia photographs . . . A heartfelt, lovely evocation of one facet of the immigrant experience."
(Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • File size : 26439 KB
  • Publisher : Abrams Books for Young Readers (February 5, 2019)
  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Publication date : February 5, 2019
  • ASIN : B07BFTRCR4
  • Print length : 48 pages
  • Enhanced typesetting : Not Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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