Monday, November 18, 2019

Bibliophile's Corner

Gittel's Journey
An Ellis Island Story
by Leslea Newman &
Amy June Bates

Flap Copy Description:
Gittel and her mother are supposed to immigrate to America together. Before they can board the boat to Ellis Island, the health inspector tells Gittel's mother that she wsn't well enough to travel. Gittel must make the journey alone. Her mother promises her that everything will turn out fine, but the boat is so big and Gittel is so small. Can she really go across the ocean to begin a new life on her own? The book includes an author's note explaining how Gittel's story is based on the journey to America taken by Leslea Newman's grandmother and family friend.

My Thoughts:
It's always a special experience to be introduced to a new title by the book's author - that's just how Gittel's Journey came across my path! Last summer while I was attending the SCBWI Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles, CA, I was lucky enough to take in a workshop taught by Leslea Newman. Her presentation was stellar, and when I saw her book, I knew I'd enjoy it. It's fantastic! One big reason I like it so much, is due to the fact that the story is based on true events. The other reason is that the heartwarming immigration story is so relevant for children in the United States today. In addition to that, the illustrations are some of the most exquisite I've seen in a long time. In the words of the book's illustrator, Amy June Bates, "For all children who come to this country seeking freedom and safety." I highly recommend Gittel's Journey to children - and adults - of all ages!

Click here to learn about the author, Leslea Newman. 
Click here to learn about the illustrator, Amy June Bates.