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New Hope
     

New Hope

by Henri Sorensen
 

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When Jimmy visits his Grandpa in New Hope, he always asks to hear the story of Lars Jensen. In 1885, the Jensens came to America to make a new start. While they were traveling, their wagon's axle broke. The Jensens stopped to repair it, looked around…and decided to settle right there. Lars Jensen was the founder of New Hope—and Jimmy's great-great-grandfather! New

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When Jimmy visits his Grandpa in New Hope, he always asks to hear the story of Lars Jensen. In 1885, the Jensens came to America to make a new start. While they were traveling, their wagon's axle broke. The Jensens stopped to repair it, looked around…and decided to settle right there. Lars Jensen was the founder of New Hope—and Jimmy's great-great-grandfather! New Hope is "the archetypal immigration story.…Many kids will want to go from here to their own family stories of coming to America (Booklist)."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his first time out as a writer, Sorensen (illustrator of I Love You As Much) speaks volumes about the growth of America, family lineage and national pride with a fluid tale about the founding of a Midwestern town. When Jimmy inquires about a statue in New Hope's park, Grandpa tells him about Lars Jensen, a Danish immigrant who arrived in New York City in 1885 with his wife and two children and "took a train to Minnesota.'' An axle on their covered wagon breaks on the journey further west, and the family decides to settle on the spot. After building his family a cabin and planting crops, Lars builds a rustic ferry across the nearby river. Soon merchants set up shop, and before long "New Hope became a busy, bustling place.'' And Grandpa, it turns out, is the great-grandson of Lars, whose statue honors his achievements. Adding scope and atmosphere to Sorensen's straightforward, affecting narrative are vigorous acrylic paintings. Whether depicting the port of Old New York, burgeoning New Hope or a blacksmith's smoky workplace, these true-to-life images fairly rise off the pages. Ages 5-up. (May)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
A Danish family journeys to Minnesota in 1885, stopping to settle and create a town on the spot where their wagon axle breaks. Evocative paintings trace the immigrant journey and the passing of generations. A sensitive slice of Americana.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140563597
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
04/01/1998
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.18(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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