The Rose Horse

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When Lily’s sister is born prematurely, the doctor sends the tiny baby and her mother to Coney Island’s famed incubator clinic. Lily and her father also move to Coney Island, where they live with Samuel, the woodcarver who makes the carousel horses. Set in turn-of-the-century Coney Island, this beautiful story skillfully depicts the traditions of Jewish immigrant woodcarvers, who played an important part in the history of the American carousel....

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Overview

When Lily’s sister is born prematurely, the doctor sends the tiny baby and her mother to Coney Island’s famed incubator clinic. Lily and her father also move to Coney Island, where they live with Samuel, the woodcarver who makes the carousel horses. Set in turn-of-the-century Coney Island, this beautiful story skillfully depicts the traditions of Jewish immigrant woodcarvers, who played an important part in the history of the American carousel.

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Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
It's 1909 in New York and Lily's little sister, Rose, is born prematurely. Rose and her mother are sent to Dreamland on Coney Island, to a world-famous clinic that will allow the child to be cared for properly. While they are there, Lily's mother finds that she can nurse more than her own child, and literally saves at least one tiny baby's life. And Lily gets to explore Coney Island and ride on the beautiful palomino her uncle has created. To help keep track of the six weeks until her mother comes home, Lily's aunt uses a Jewish calendar, brought from Russia. Some discussion of Jewish customs and the pogroms that forced the family to leave Kishinev add to the drama. This is a fascinating look at a vanished time and place.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-A cheerful but quiet glimpse into a part of old New York-1909 Coney Island. Because Lily's baby sister is born too early, she is placed in the first hospital for premature infants. To be near mother and baby, Lily and her father move in with cousin Samuel, who carves animals for Coney Island's carousels. To mark the days until their family is reunited, they employ an omer calendar used to count the seven weeks from Passover to Shavuos. While Shed's full-page black-and-white drawings are faint and static, the story captures the colorful locale as well as the Jewish heritage of some of its greatest carousel carvers. Riki Levinson's Dinnie Abbie Sister-r-r Bradbury, 1987; o.p. has a similar quality.-Marcia W. Posner, Holocaust Memorial and Educational Center of Nassau County, Glen Cove, NY
Hazel Rochman
Less a story than a rich evocation of a time and place, this chapter book is about the Jewish immigrant community on Coney Island, New York, in the early twentieth century. The focus is on Lily, who came to America on a big boat when she was a baby. Now her sister, Rose, has been born prematurely and is being cared for in a special incubator clinic on public display. Lily rides the local wooden carousels, which are carved by Jewish craftsmen. Yiddish words are an integral part of the story (explained in a glossary at the back), and so are Jewish religious holidays and customs (the story takes place in the seven weeks between "Pesach" and "Shevuos"). There's not enough plot or character to hold kids' interest, but anyone researching family roots, for curriculum or personal interest, will find this an authentic glimpse of early Jewish American culture. Illustrations not seen in galley.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152000684
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/15/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.19 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Shed is the illustrator of many children's books for children including Squanto's Journey, by Joseph Bruchac, and Dandelions by Eve Bunting. He lives in San Diego, California.

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