*NOTE* Some spoilers.
This was a great bookan accurate depiction of what life was like for immigrants coming to American and life for them on the Lower East Side at the turn of the century.
Twelveyearold Zipporah Feldman keeps a diary from 19031906we join her at her first days in America at Ellis Island where she writes totally in Yiddish. She improves in school, her Englishwritten entries in italics. Her family has many strugglesa smelly, interesting boarder, her older sister Miriam falling in love with the Irish Catholic boy who turns out their lights for them on the Sabbath (Saturday for Jews), her other older sister Tovah joining the unionand many triumphsZippy excels in school, her father takes up violin playing again, and Zippy falls in love with the theatre.
This is a great Dear America book to readI highly recommend it.
Since I read a lot about the Holocaust and how the Jewish people survived, and in many cases didn't survive, this caught my eye because of the title. Of course, the date is also on the cover so I knew what I was getting. I didn't expect it to be about the Holocaust itself.
There are some really great old photos in the back of the book that will probably get minds turning, along with maps, two of them I think.
I was a little surprised at the realisticness of the diary. I think since it's Dear America I expected it to be more of a youngerthanpreteentype of story and in all actuality a much older person can get quite into it. As I have so proven to myself.
I think I'll keep my eye out for others in the series that I might like but it's certainly not something I want to read every one of. I am looking forward to introducing the books to Julia in a few years. Maybe she'll be so enamored that she decides to make a goal out of the series. Zipporah (Zippy) Feldman is a Jewish Immigrant to America, she has heard of all the great opportunity in America, and is eager to take some. Zippy runs into all the greatness of America, as well as some of her downfalls. She starts school, makes new friends, and watches her sister, Miriam fall in love.
This book was sweet. It is a true account of what Jewish Immigrants felt. It was well written, and full of information. I loved the sisters, even when different belifes seperated them. They still loved each other. I have always found this period of American history fascinating. The story of Zippy and her family shows the struggles faced by immigrants, particularly learning English and trying to combine the traditions of their country with the new ideas they were exposed to in America. I did feel a bit out of touch with some of the Jewish traditions and High Holy Days, because I am Catholic, like Sean, but I did find the family's devotion to their Jewish tradtions touching and it was interesting to learn about a different religion. I absolutley loved reading these books when i was younger, and actually remember historical events that occured because of these books. The pictures at the back of the book of the time period and event were great, and I would often stare at them for an endless amount of time. I think this was one of my favorites, the description of the triangle factory fire amazed me, and to this day I remember what happened and what the triangle fire was and what it did for the US. Awesome book overall :D
*NOTE* Some spoilers.