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The memories and experiences of well-known Jewish Americans such as comedians George Burns and Jack Benny, Oscar Solomon Straus the first Jewish Presidential cabinet member, and novelist Edna Ferber are included, as are profiles of Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, Leonard Bernstein, union leader Samuel Gompers, and poet Emma Lazarus, among others. But other Jewish Americans who did not achieve celebrity status are also represented. Moses Albert Levy, a doctor who joined Sam Houston's army, 13-year-old Mary ...
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Overview

The memories and experiences of well-known Jewish Americans such as comedians George Burns and Jack Benny, Oscar Solomon Straus the first Jewish Presidential cabinet member, and novelist Edna Ferber are included, as are profiles of Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, Leonard Bernstein, union leader Samuel Gompers, and poet Emma Lazarus, among others. But other Jewish Americans who did not achieve celebrity status are also represented. Moses Albert Levy, a doctor who joined Sam Houston's army, 13-year-old Mary Antin, who arrived in Boston in 1894, Sarah Thal, who was a homesteader in the Dakotas, and many more fascinating but unknown immigrants tell powerful, emotional, and sometimes funny stories of life in their new homeland.

These memories and profiles are illustrated with moving photographs from news sources and family collections. They show in vivid fashion a people who have brought us humor, spirit, and perseverance. The Jewish American Family Album is an important tribute to the magificent variety of people and cultures that make up our United States.

Filled with personal stories of Jewish immigrants, from their arrival in America (as early as 1579) to the present day, this important tribute also includes reproductions of letters and newspaper articles which describe what life was like in the old countries as well as in the new. Includes profiles of Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Leonard Bernstein, and others. Photos & illustrations.

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Jewish Book World
What makes this book unique for children is the quality of the carefully researched and varied historical information.
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"A handsome book that emphasizes the importance of family, continuity, and returning to one's roots. What makes this title unique is the high quality of the carefully researched and varied historical information and the Hooblers' judicious selection of primary-source excerpts.... The book's design contributes to ease of reading and comprehension. Milton Meltzer's The Jewish Americans...established the standard, but this volume surpasses it. Altogether a fascinating, quality choice."--School Library Journal

"Each American Jew should read these echoes of their American past."--Lifestyles

"This latest entry in the very well-received 'Family Album' series upholds the high standards of its predecessors: well-organized excerpts from primary sources about the experiences of immigrants to the United States, accompanied by clearly reproduced and informatively captioned photographs.... For its effective, inisghtful portrayal of the experiences of a very important group of immigrants, this book is highly recommended for school and public libraries."--MultiCultural Review

"Truly worth a visit."--Tomorrow's Morning

"Each American Jew should read these echoes of their American past."--Lifestyles

"This latest entry in the very well-received 'Family Album' series upholds the high standards of its predecessors: well-organized excerpts from primary sources about the experiences of immigrants to the United States, accompanied by clearly reproduced and informatively captioned photographs.... For its effective, inisghtful portrayal of the experiences of a very important group of immigrants, this book is highly recommended for school and public libraries."--MultiCultural Review

"Attractive and extremely useful.... The volume's many voices tell of the persecutions that motivated waves of immigration, the hardships of the journey, and the struggles and successes of life in America."--Kirkus Reviews

"A handsome book that emphasizes the importance of family, continuity, and returning to one's roots. What makes this title unique is the high quality of the carefully researched and varied historical information and the Hooblers' judicious selection of primary-source excerpts.... The book's design contributes to ease of reading and comprehension. Milton Meltzer's The Jewish Americans...established the standard, but this volume surpasses it. Altogether a fascinating, quality choice."--School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195081350
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/2/1995
  • Series: American Family Albums Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 3 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.37 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler have published more than 50 books for children and have been honored by the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the Society for School Librarians International. They live in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2002

    Pride in our People

    This is a book filled with well-known and not so well-known Jewish Americans. What a wonderful experience it was to read about George Burns,Jack Benny, and Barbra Streisand, as well as about Oscar Solomon Straus (the first Jewish Presidential cabinet member of whom I had never heard), and to share them with my children. Being a member of a minority group can be difficult, especially for children. It is books like these can make make them proud, as well as to enable non-Jews to understand and appreciate the immigrant experience.

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