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Gittel's Journey

An Ellis Island Story

By Leslea Newman
Illustrated by Amy June Bates
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers Copyright Year: 2019 ISBN/ISSN: 9781419727474

Review

This is the story of a girl and her mother who are supposed to immigrate to America together. However, Gittel's mother is stopped by the health inspector before boarding the boat to Ellis Island and Gittel has to brave the trip alone, not knowing where to go or who her family is once she gets to New York. Thanks to a kind interpreter, her picture is put in a Jewish newspaper and her family is able to locate her and take her home. The illustrations are beautiful. There is an Author's Note, a Glossary, and a Bibliography with websites for learning more. Classroom teachers can use as an example text showing one child's story of immigration. An excellent addition to a library collection.

Reviewer: Valerie Byrd Fort
Rating: Recommended
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC): 3-5
Review Date: March 1, 2019

Product Description

Gittel and her mother were supposed to immigrate to America together, but when her mother is stopped by the health inspector, Gittel must make the journey alone. Her mother writes her cousin's address in New York on a piece of paper. However, when Gittel arrives at Ellis Island, she discovers the ink has run and the address is illegible! How will she find her family? Both a heart-wrenching and heartwarming story, Gittel's Journey offers a fresh perspective on the immigration journey to Ellis Island. The book includes an author's note explaining how Gittel's story is based on the journey to America taken by Lesléa Newman's grandmother and family friend.

Media Type Book, eBook
Binding HC
# Pages 48
Price 17.99
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC) 3-5
Genre Fiction
Sub-Genre Realistic Fiction
Content Subject 1 Friends, Peers, Family & Growing Up
Time Period 20th century
Region North America
Story: Character Centered
Characters/Characterization: Familiar/Realistic/Lifelike
Language: Engaging
Tone/Mood Hopeful
Pace: Leisurely/Relaxed/Unhurried
Setting: Historical
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Entry ID: 2189633