“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.
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The strong threads of family and faith run throughout this unabashedly sentimental story of one family’s immigrant experience…heart-tuggingly emotional. Lynch’s idealized watercolors are dramatically composed…Aside from being a story that has relevance for many, this could be used to personalize a discussion of immigration issues both historical and current. —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, recommended review, The
A touching tale. . . . The stunning paintings by P.J. Lynch beautifully convey the courage and hope that are part of the universal immigrant experience. —Cleveland Plain Dealer
With this tale of a 13-year-old girl’s journey from a shtetl in Eastern Europe to America, Hest simply and faithfully holds a mirror to the milestone event for millions of turn-of-the-century immigrants…The subtle, emotional exposition is enriched by Lynch’s dramatically charged watercolor and gouache illustrations. The candlelit and sunlit compositions express the yearnings of the immigrants; their faces form a study in hope, loss, and dignity. A compassionate, heartening view of an archetype. —Publishers Weekly, starred review
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