When Jessie Came Across the Sea

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"Hest simply and faithfully holds a mirror to the milestone event for millions of turn-of-the-century immigrants."— PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

When a young girl from a poor eastern European village learns that she must leave her beloved grandmother for a new life - and a new love - in America, they both feel that their hearts will break. The sure and inspired narrative by award-winning author Amy Hest is paired with paintings by P.J. Lynch that glow with warmth and ...

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Overview

"Hest simply and faithfully holds a mirror to the milestone event for millions of turn-of-the-century immigrants."— PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

When a young girl from a poor eastern European village learns that she must leave her beloved grandmother for a new life - and a new love - in America, they both feel that their hearts will break. The sure and inspired narrative by award-winning author Amy Hest is paired with paintings by P.J. Lynch that glow with warmth and carefully observed detail, creating an unforgettable tribute to the immigrant experience.

A thirteen-year-old Jewish orphan reluctantly leaves her grandmother and immigrates to New York City, where she works for three years sewing lace and earning money to bring Grandmother to the United States, too.

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Publishers Weekly
"With this tale of a 13-year-old girl's journey from a shtetl in Eastern Europe to America, the author simply and faithfully holds a mirror to the milestone event for millions of immigrants," wrote PW in a starred review. Ages 6-12. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Jessie has been chosen to leave her poor village and resettle in America. There she will have a chance to build a new life, but it is a bittersweet opportunity for Jessie who loves her hometown and her grandmother. Bravely she sets out and is aided in the arduous journey by a boy named Lou. Once in New York City, Jessie begins earning a living making lace, a skill learned from her beloved grandmother. It is an immigrant story that ends happily, reuniting Jessie with her grandmother and with Jessie meeting up again with Lou. The artwork makes this poignant story truly outstanding. Lynch's use of light in the scenes and faces of his characters captures the moods-from the difficult Atlantic crossing, to endless hours of sewing, the bustling city streets, and the final happy moments. A truly wonderful book that would be an excellent choice for older, reluctant readers.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4--This narrative of 13-year-old Jessie's journey from a poor village in Eastern Europe to New York City at the turn of the century affords readers a panoramic view of events and people. The author's exploration of a variety of emotions and feelings provides modern youngsters with a sense of connections with times long past. There is the familial devotion between Jessie and her grandmother, whom she has to leave behind. A shipboard friendship with Lou, a young shoemaker, helps Jessie survive the hardships and uncertainties of the ocean crossing. Her skill as a lacemaker, painstakingly learned from her grandmother, insures her success in the dressmaker's shop where she goes to work. Her romance with Lou is rekindled when they meet years later on a wintry day in Central Park. Jessie's reunion with her grandmother, whose ticket she has purchased with money saved during years of hard work, is the poignant conclusion to this tale. Lynch's luminous watercolor and gouache illustrations capture the characters' feelings, at the same time recording the storms at sea and teeming streets of the Lower East Side. The two young people's spirit of hope and optimism, created by the straightforward text, is enhanced by these pictures, as they provide a visual record of difficulties encountered by the scores of immigrants who reached these shores. This book will be particularly useful for units on immigration and family histories, used in conjunction with Allen Say's Grandfather's Journey (Houghton, 1993) or Jeanette Winter's Klara's New World (Knopf, 1992; o.p.).--Martha Rosen, Edgewood School, Scarsdale, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763612740
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 167,653
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.15 (w) x 10.06 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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