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Ellis Island: Gateway to Freedom

Ellis Island: Gateway to Freedom

by Bob Temple

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Children's Literature
Originally only three acres in size, Ellis Island grew in both magnitude and importance during the late 1800s. As New York City's subway was being dug, its dirt and rocks were dumped into the water surrounding Ellis Island, increasing the island's size to almost 28 acres. It was around this same time that the new immigration station was built. Seeking freedom and a better life in America, millions of immigrants entered our country through Ellis Island. This book describes not only the history of Ellis Island but also the suffering of the immigrants. They were often frightened, sickly, and unable to understand English. Each page of the book contains a full-page photograph, many of which bring life to the immigrant's experience. Children will certainly find this book interesting, especially those interested in learning about their ancestry. A glossary, index, and list of recommended web sites are also included. Part of the "American History" series.
—Denise Daley
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Both of these books have 13 double-page spreads each consisting of a large, full-page photograph facing one to two paragraphs of text describing the history and use of the site. While the photographs are of some informational value, the writing is pedestrian and uneven. The total effect is that of a travel brochure. In fact, each book ends with a chirpy invitation to visit the area. Those interested in Ellis Island might prefer the question-and-answer approach of Ellen Levine's If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island (Scholastic, 1994). Material on the Hoover Dam is available in a good encyclopedia.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Child's World, Incorporated, The
Publication date:
American History: American Destinations Series
Product dimensions:
9.14(w) x 10.54(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
8 Years

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