Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story by Leslea Newman

Gittel and her mother are going to emigrate to America.  But her mother is ill and isn't allowed passage.  So Gittel must go by herself...

Abrams Young Readers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.

She keeps her relative's name and address close with her and offers it to the custom's official on Ellis Island.  Alas, it got damp and is all smudged.  However a journalist takes her picture for the paper and her mother's cousin comes down to find her.

My Grandfather worked as a translator for the US troops in WWI and got citizenship.  He worked in the states to get enough money to bring Grandma over.  She arrived with a three year old child he didn't even know he had.  They went through Ellis Island, too.

There are many stories about emigration, even from many years ago.

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