Meet Rebecca (American Girl Collection Series: Rebecca #1)

Meet Rebecca (American Girl Collection Series: Rebecca #1)

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by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
     
 

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Rebecca Rubin longs to be the center of attention, but it's not easy in a family of five children! When mysterious cousin Max, the actor, tells her the secret to pleasing an audience, Rebecca can hardly wait to try it out. Then she learns that her young cousin Ana and her family are in danger--they must escape Russia and come to America. Rebecca decides to raise

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Rebecca Rubin longs to be the center of attention, but it's not easy in a family of five children! When mysterious cousin Max, the actor, tells her the secret to pleasing an audience, Rebecca can hardly wait to try it out. Then she learns that her young cousin Ana and her family are in danger--they must escape Russia and come to America. Rebecca decides to raise money for their passage by putting on a show right in her New York City neighborhood-until her disapproving grandmother steps in. Unexpectedly, Rebecca finds another way to earn money. But she knows that for her plan to work, she'll have to keep it a secret.

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Publishers Weekly

Rebecca Rubin, a brand-new American Girl, is a nine-year-old Jewish girl growing up in 1914 New York, with aspirations to become an actress. When Rebecca learns of her relatives' struggle to gain passage to America from Russia, she wants to help and, after secretly earning some money, she is faced with a difficult moral choice. American Girl fans should find Rebecca's story compelling and will enjoy the glimpse they're given into this chapter of immigration history. A concluding section provides additional historical information as well as a glossary including some Yiddish, Hebrew and other terms. Ages 8-up.(May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Children's Literature - Candice Ransom
The year is 1914; the setting is New York's East Side. Rebecca Rubin longs for the spotlight, a position that is hard to attain in a family with five children. Her fourteen-year-old twin sisters always light the candles on Shabbos. Victor is nearly thirteen and studying for his Bar Mitzvah. Benny is the youngest and the pet, and Beckie? She wants to go on the stage like her Uncle Max, but no one will take her dreams seriously. The first of six titles in a new "American Girl" series, Meet Rebecca is peopled with stiff characters and "filler" dialogue designed to dump information on the reader. True to the "American Girl" format, the book opens with a double-spread of the characters and concludes with a lengthy section about Jewish immigrants, their culture, and the difficulties they faced, and a glossary of Yiddish terms. A teaser chapter from the next book entices the reader to continue the series. Fans of "American Girl" dolls and books will enjoy the latest offering. Readers who prefer their historical fiction not watered down will turn to better books. Reviewer: Candice Ransom

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593695200
Publisher:
American Girl Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Series:
American Girl Collection Series: Rebecca, #1
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Meet Rebecca (American Girl Collection Series: Rebecca #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Living_in_Fantasy_Land More than 1 year ago
Rebecca is a fascinating character, dealing with jealousy of her older sisters, becoming a real American, while not compromising the traditions and beliefs of her family. She makes decisions after much soul-searching and does the right thing, even though it is not whatr is expected. Her chutspah is shown through each book as she grows in character from a girl who is thinking about others. The books are rich in the life of Jewish families who have come to America to find a better life. Jaqueline Dembar Greene has brought life on the Lower East Side of New York in 1914-15. All the girls who have read this book love this character and period. Well done!
fleurfairy More than 1 year ago
I was thrilled to see a new American Girl that is Jewish and living in a very interesting time in American history. I myself am not Jewish, but I've always had a great admiration of the religion and culture. Meet Rebecca is a wonderful way to introduce this unique AG character. Like all the AG girls, Rebecca is smart and resourceful. She is also family-oriented and someone who loves to try new things and have new experiences. This is a great book to give a young girl, whether she is Jewish or not, to foster a love of history and reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a pretty good sample. I want to read on because it sounds like Rebeca is exicetd and happy that her cousin is coming. It was also a good sample because it actally gives you a nice sample that telling you ehat the story is about and if you'll like it.
bertnels More than 1 year ago
My daughter loved this book. I read it and loved it,also.What's not to love? This book was exceptionally well researched and flowed well.So,adults,it's okay for you to read this book,too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is such a cool book and i am a huge fan of american girl books. And i love her name( it is my name to)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont think this is cool i think it is awsome i love american girl books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book! I love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have rebecca the doll and book i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry im crazy!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It taught people about Israel. She was from Israel so they had the Sabbath and Passover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a good book but Meet Kanani is way more better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is the best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book reading level at 4-6 grade
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOME BOOK EVEN THOUGH IT IS ABOUT A JEWISH FAMILY STILL AWESOME
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! But read thr other american gifl books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just wanted to know if youv've seen the movie Frozen.It's the best movie on earth!
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Candice Ransom should be ashamed of her biased review if it in fact is due to a confilct of interest (Boxcar series) and not her actual opinion- only she knows. Yes, Jewish immigrants had morals which to Northern liberals' world view would make them seem stiff and predictable. "Filler" dialogue designed to dump information on the reader- this is also called historical perspective which is a wonderful way for homeschoolers to build an understanding of what has made America great.
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