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When Jessie Came Across the Sea Paperback – September 29, 2003
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The illustrations in this book, done in watercolor and guache, are so very realistic that even the most minute details ae brought to life. The text and the pictures form a cohesive partnership, even down to the placement of the text on the page and the font chosen as Jessie writes to her grandmother. While the beginning maintains the natural flow of a hallmark picture book, the text can, at times, jump from one setting to the next in one page turn with only a statement like "weeks pass" and "three years later". This leaves the readers to account in their own minds for the missing time when the timeline of the pictures and story is so crucial to the plot line. However, the undeniably impressive spirit of the illustrations definitely makes up for the somewhat jaunty feel of the text.
This book may be used with primary and intermediate grades in American History units involving discussions of emigration to the United States. Considering that this book holds and endorsement from the Jewish Museum of New York City for its historical authenticity, it may also be used in units that discuss the cultural diversity of the United States.
Synopsis: Young Jessie lives with her beloved grandmother in Russia during the World War I time period. Her grandmother has Jessie educated with boys to ensure Jessie's ability to read and write. Jessie attempts to teach her grandmother to read and write. Meanwhile, Grandmother teaches Jessie how to sew lace. When Jessie is chosen to go to America by the rabbi, Jessie is fearful of leaving her grandmother, who is her only family, to go to a strange new place called New York. Jessie makes the lengthy trip to America all alone. However, she makes the acquaintance of many other immigrants who are as frightened as Jessie. Jessie's favorite friend is a boy her age named Lou. After making the long daunting trip to America, Jessie finds that it is going to be hard work to save enough money to bring Grandmother to America. Jessie works hard and attends schools with the support of the rabbi's cousin. Several years later, Jessie meets Lou again in Central Park. After some time courting, Lou asks Jessie to marry him. Jessie replies not yet. She is waiting for the perfect time for their wedding. Readers cannot help the heart-felt connections that are found within this story.
Evaluation: Readers are incredibly drawn into this story of a young immigrant girl. Ann Hest presents the text on a stark white background surrounded by P. J. Lynch's exquisite watercolor and gouache illustrations. Many of Lynch's illustrations expand across a double page spread which leaves readers feeling the warmth of the sunset across the Atlantic, the wind blowing through Jessie's glorious red locks, or the mist blowing through the harbor early in the morning.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The pictures are beautiful and helped teach a great lesson in mood and tone.Published 10 months ago by Sherri A Ledbetter
I was surprised at how much my 4 year old girl and 5 year old boy love this book. They request it again and again.Published 11 months ago by Jen
Beautiful book. We used this book our classroom for Lucy's historical fiction unit. It was a great read aloud that helped students connect and helped student relate to these... Read morePublished 15 months ago by b.schuett
Our family loves this book. The colorful illustrations, the history (close to our hearts), the poignant message given in the book... Read morePublished 20 months ago by David Lee
This is a sweet story - especially for a young girl who loves her grandmother. It makes one think about the passage of time, the possible changing of circumstances, and how... Read morePublished on May 25, 2014 by Tom
Got this for my wife's 4th grade classroom History class. Kids loved it, and my wife liked how engaged they were.Published on February 20, 2014 by Kindle Customer