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I am a list maker. I love organizing booklists, to-do lists, checklists of all kinds. I spend a great deal of my time researching books for my job and I’ve often found it frustrating that there isn’t one reliable resource where I can find an organized timeline of literature. So I’ve created one. I’ve set out to create a resource that will guide you on a literary adventure through history.

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Featured Weekly Book Suggestion - 6/14/2021

Modern Age

Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story
Author: Newman, Lesléa
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1900-1920
Geographic Area: North America
Country: United States
Topics: Jewish Immigration, Ellis Island
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Lower Elementary, Middle Grade
Format: Picture Book
Published: 2019

American History > Modern Age > Jewish History

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.

Emily's Review

Gittel and her mother are fleeing the dangers of Europe around the turn of the century, but due to an eye infection, her mother cannot accompany her. Gittel journeys across the sea to a new country all by herself, despite being a child. I love books like this. I'm always interested in reading immigration stories. I think it can be easy to forget that America is a country made of and built by immigrants. Gittel's story isn't unique - many Jewish children were sent away for safety, or to be able to create a better life than their parents could give them in Europe. Stories like this are important because though this picture book is set more than 100 in the past, children and families are still fleeing dangerous situations to find safety and hope in America.

This gorgeous picture book is a great way to open a discussion about your own family history.

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