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Grandmother and the Runaway Shadow
     

Grandmother and the Runaway Shadow

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by Liz Rosenberg, Beth Peck (Illustrator)
 
When Grandmother was a young woman, she sailed across the sea to a faraway land. Leaving her home and family and making the long voyage took great courage, determination, and a little bit of luck. She did have one friend who kept her company along the way and in a strange new land--her shadow. Full color.

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When Grandmother was a young woman, she sailed across the sea to a faraway land. Leaving her home and family and making the long voyage took great courage, determination, and a little bit of luck. She did have one friend who kept her company along the way and in a strange new land--her shadow. Full color.

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Children's Literature - Armin Brott
In the old days, times were tough: Cossacks would ride into villages, shouting and waving torches. Things were so bad that even the shadows wanted to run away. When the author's grandmother and her shadow met up one night in the middle of a potato field, it didn't take long for the two of them to decide to go to America. Weaving together a touching story and engaging illustrations, Rosenberg and Peck tell a beautiful tale of a young girl's long and difficult journey and of the special friend who kept her from ever being completely alone.
Hazel Rochman
Based on the author's and the illustrator's own family immigration stories, this picture book tells of a young Jewish woman coming to America to escape persecution in Eastern Europe around the turn of the century. "When my grandmother came to this country, a runaway shadow came with her." Her shadow gives her courage, makes her laugh, and shares her memories as she runs from her village, crosses the ocean, and finds a home, work, and friends in America. The idea of a secret companion will appeal to children, but the repeated mention of the shadow on every single page is overdone, especially since the immigrant story is drama enough. The oil paintings, in shades of brown, with rhythmic, sweeping lines, capture the vitality of the period, the flowing crowds in the tenement streets, the workers in the garment factory, and the brave young woman who finds in herself--in her own shadow--the strength for her journey. There's a story like this in nearly every family.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152009489
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 12.35(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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