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Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story (edició 2019)

de Lesléa Newman (Autor)

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Gittel and her mother were supposed to immigrate to America together, but when her mother is stopped by the health inspector, Gittel must make the journey alone. Her mother writes her cousin's address in New York on a piece of paper. However, when Gittel arrives at Ellis Island, she discovers the ink has run and the address is illegible! How will she find her family? Both a heart-wrenching and heartwarming story, Gittel's Journeyoffers a fresh perspective on the immigration journey to Ellis Island. The book includes an author's note explaining how Gittel's story is based on the journey to America taken by Lesléa Newman's grandmother and family friend.  … (més)
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Títol:Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story
Autors:Lesléa Newman (Autor)
Informació:Harry N. Abrams (2019), 48 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:*****
Etiquetes:easy, gr. k-3, Jewish, Poland, immigration

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Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story de Lesléa Newman

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Gittel and her mother were supposed to immigrate to America together, but when her mother is stopped by the health inspector, Gittel must make the journey alone. Her mother writes her cousin’s address in New York on a piece of paper. However, when Gittel arrives at Ellis Island, she discovers the ink has run and the address is illegible! How will she find her family? Both a heart-wrenching and heartwarming story, Gittel’s Journey offers a fresh perspective on the immigration journey to Ellis Island. The book includes an author’s note explaining how Gittel’s story is based on the journey to America taken by Lesléa Newman’s grandmother and family friend.
  HandelmanLibraryTINR | Jan 25, 2020 |
Wonderful story, and author's notes at the end make it even better!!! ( )
  melodyreads | Jan 8, 2020 |
Gittel is a young girl who sets out for America alone after her mother is turned away at the exit point for an eye infection. We follow her across the ocean and onto Ellis Island. When she finally gets there, the paper with her mother's cousin's address has smudged. Her picture is printed in a Jewish paper and she is finally united with him.
I liked this book, but I thought it was a little flat and had too quick of a resolution. I wished there was more nuance. I understand wanting to have happy ending, but I thought things wrapped up a little tidily and didn't quite believe it. ( )
  atreffinger | Nov 5, 2019 |
The journey begins with 9 yr old Gittel leaving Europe with her Mother. When arriving to the boat, her mother is denied entry due to an eye infection, and Gittel is forced to make the journey alone. When arriving to Ellis Island, an immigration officer interviews Gittel just to find that her relative's information was smeared from the journey. Gittel stays that night in a dormitory. The next day she finds her picture inside of a newspaper, and with this info her relative Mendel is able to find her. About a month later, her mother's eye infection heals, and she is able to meet Gittel in New York.
A 9 year old being forced to leave the country by herself is a lot to ask of a child, but necessary in times of war. I imagine reading this to 9 year olds in a class one day, and think about their perspectives. This book really made me feel for Gittel, and think of all of the children immigrating to the US who did not turn out so lucky. An incredible journey based on 2 true stories. ( )
  vviverito | Sep 17, 2019 |
This picture book for children is based on the life of the author's mother's best friend Phyllis. It is similar to, and thus emblematic of, the stories of other immigrants who passed through Ellis Island around the turn of the 19th century. Millions of people were desperate to get out of their own countries, or at least get their children out, in order to protect them from danger and/or to enable them to have better lives.

Many Jews, like Gittel, the little girl in the story, came from families who lived in “The Pale of Settlement.” The Pale, officially designated as such between 1791 to 1917, was a western region of Imperial Russia in which the residence of Jews was legally authorized. "Beyond the Pale," Jewish residency was mostly forbidden. Jews from other parts of Russia and Eastern Europe were relocated to the Pale, although it was not exclusively Jewish. (The English term pale is derived from the Latin word palus, a stake, extended to mean the area enclosed by a fence or boundary.)

In the late 19th and early 20th century, Jews in the Pale were subjected to massive anti-Semitic attacks called pogroms. These violent riots generally entailed looting, rapes, and even murders. They were carried out with government approval and even by government officials themselves.

The worst pogroms were in the years between 1881-1883 and 1903-1906, causing a mass exodus of Jews to other countries. Some two million Jews emigrated from there between 1881 and 1914, mainly to the United States.

[As it turned out, they were fortunate not only to escape the pogroms, but to be far away from Hitler’s advance troops into Russia in World War II, the Einsatzgruppen. The mission of the Einsatzgruppen as they went through the former Pale was primarily to kill Jews. They were remarkably successful, as only five percent of Jews in the area survived the Holocaust.]

When Gittel and her mother went to the port for the ship to America, Gittel’s mother was not allowed to leave because she was suspected of having a virulent and contagious form of eye infection. She insisted Gittel go on without her, and gave her a piece of paper with the address of a cousin in New York for when she arrived. [There is an interesting and informative article on the suspicion of immigrants having trachoma and its association with anti-immigrant sentiment, particularly against Jews, here.]

Needless to say, the address was illegible by the end of the trip. A Yiddish interpreter helped Gittel by putting her picture in the Jewish newspaper and asking if anyone recognized her. By the next afternoon, her mother’s cousin came to take her home.

In this story, Gittel’s mama arrives in the United States soon thereafter. In the actual story told to the author as related in the Author’s Note at the end of the book, Phyllis never saw either her mother or father again.

The Author’s Note also provides some information about the pogroms and Ellis Island.

The illustrator, Amy June Bates, commented in an interview that her art for this book drew inspiration from Ivan Bilibin, the great Russian illustrator from the turn of the century. She stated:

“I wanted it to have a little bit of a folk tale feel because I really feel like being an immigrant it is a part of our collective American story.”

She explained that she designed her pages to look as if readers were looking through beautifully carved window casements into a different world.

When you read the book you will notice that the windows change when Gittel arrives in America.

Besides the Author’s Note, the author includes a glossary and bibliography of materials related to Ellis Island.

Evaluation: This warm story presents the immigrant experience in a realistic light, providing resources for a more in-depth look if readers want to pursue the subject. ( )
  nbmars | Jul 13, 2019 |
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Gittel and her mother were supposed to immigrate to America together, but when her mother is stopped by the health inspector, Gittel must make the journey alone. Her mother writes her cousin's address in New York on a piece of paper. However, when Gittel arrives at Ellis Island, she discovers the ink has run and the address is illegible! How will she find her family? Both a heart-wrenching and heartwarming story, Gittel's Journeyoffers a fresh perspective on the immigration journey to Ellis Island. The book includes an author's note explaining how Gittel's story is based on the journey to America taken by Lesléa Newman's grandmother and family friend.  

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