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Toby Belfer Visits Ellis Island

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Toby Belfer enjoys hearing stories from her grandma and learning about her family's Jewish heritage. One day, Gram tells her the story of how and why Toby's great-grandmother's family came to America back around 1904.

The family lived peacefully in a Jewish town in Poland. One day, when an army of soldiers came to town and threatened the people, Toby Belfer's great-grandmother's family decided to leave. They quickly packed their bags and boarded a ship to America. When they ...

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Overview

Toby Belfer enjoys hearing stories from her grandma and learning about her family's Jewish heritage. One day, Gram tells her the story of how and why Toby's great-grandmother's family came to America back around 1904.

The family lived peacefully in a Jewish town in Poland. One day, when an army of soldiers came to town and threatened the people, Toby Belfer's great-grandmother's family decided to leave. They quickly packed their bags and boarded a ship to America. When they arrived, everything was new. They had to stand in long lines with families from all over Europe to be checked for illness and to find out where they would settle. They were nervous about learning English and adjusting to different customs, but excited to start their new lives.

When Toby Belfer hears the story from her grandmother, she is more excited about visiting Ellis Island on her family vacation and seeing for herself the gate that opened up a new life for her family in America.

Gloria Teles Pushker and her character Toby Belfer share a similar childhood. She is a New Orleans native and had the experience of being one of only a handful of young Jewish girls in her neighborhood. Pushker earned a master's degree in education with a concentration in children's literature from the University of New Orleans. She enjoys visiting schools, libraries, and places of worship as a presenter and storyteller, and she combines her education and beliefs in her books for Pelican.

Judith Hierstein has illustrated all of the Toby Belfer books released by Pelican. With a B.A. in art from the University of Iowa, she completes each story with an image. She hopes her contributions encourage children to share in her interest of learning about other cultures through books.

Other Titles in the Toby Belfer Series:
Toby Belfer Never Had a Christmas Tree
Toby Belfer's Seder: A Passover Story Retold
Toby Belfer and the High Holy Days
A Belfer Bar Mitzvah and Toby Belfer Never Had a Christmas Tree/
Toby Belfer's Seder Audiocassette

Toby takes a trip to Ellis Island and retraces her family's arrival in 1904.

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As in other books in the "Toby Belfer" series, readers get to go along for the ride as Toby's grandmother tells yet another family story. This particular book takes readers back to the early 1900's, tracing Toby's great-grandmother to a Jewish town in Poland. When an army of soldiers came to the town threatening people, the family quickly left. They were crammed in a ship with many other families who were also running in the pursuit for freedom. The ship and its passengers had to endure a thunderstorm, which just increased their fear and anxieties about going to a new land. When it was all over, they looked out and saw Ellis Island, a rainbow and the Statue of Liberty. Their first task upon arriving in America was standing in long lines to be checked for any illnesses; they were questioned, had to provide personal documentation and many changed their names. Many immigrants like Toby's family came to settle in America, learning a new language and new customs. Toby's family settled in New Orleans and opened their own hat shop. After Toby hears her family's story, she looks forward to visiting Ellis Island for herself. A bibliography and brief glossary are provided as well to encourage further learning. This book is a great tool to introduce young readers to the experience of many immigrants. 2003, Pelican Publishing Company, Ages 7 to 9.
—Michele Wilbur
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589801172
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/10/2003
  • Series: Toby Belfer Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.58 (w) x 11.48 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

A former elementary school teacher, Judith Hierstein now teaches high school graphic and media arts. She has illustrated several children's books for Pelican including the Toby Belfer Series and The American Revolution A to Z, Nathan's Hanukkah Bargain, Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House, and The Pilgrims' Thanksgiving from A to Z. She lives in Tuscon, Arizona.

Gloria Teles Pushker holds a M.A. in education with a concentration in children's literature from the University of New Orleans, and she is a member of the national Storytelling Association and the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education.

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