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Children's LiteratureAs 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.