The Resource Dreams in the golden country : the diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish immigrant girl, by Kathryn Lasky

Dreams in the golden country : the diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish immigrant girl, by Kathryn Lasky

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Dreams in the golden country : the diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish immigrant girl
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Dreams in the golden country
Title remainder
the diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish immigrant girl
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by Kathryn Lasky
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eng
Summary
Twelve-year-old Zippy, a Jewish immigrant from Russia, keeps a diary account of the first eighteen months of her family's life on the Lower East Side of New York City in 1903-1904
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  • Books for Youth, Middle Readers: Gr. 4-6. The Dear America series features the fictional diaries of girls living at various periods in American history. Each diary covers a relatively short time span that is full of significant events and changes for the girls and their families. Each book ends with an epilogue that summarizes the rest of their lives. The epilogues may confuse readers, as they make it sound as though the characters were real people. On the other hand, they place the characters more firmly in time. In each book, an appended historical note fills in the background of social history, illustrated with maps, engravings, and period photographs. Dreams in the Golden Country paints a vivid portrait of a Russian Jewish immigrant family living in New York City in 1903. The characters, varied in their personalities, beliefs, and capacities to adapt to America, go their own ways in their new land, yet pull together for survival as well as mutual support and love. From the Ellis Island experience to sweatshop unionism to women's suffrage to religious differences, Lasky packs a lot into a single volume, yet readers will find Zippy, the 12-year-old diarist, so likable and the plot so well woven that almost every entry is believable and much of the story is memorable. ((Reviewed April 1, 1998)) -- Carolyn Phelan
  • Gr 4-8--Zipporah Feldman, a 12-year-old Jewish immigrant from Russia, uses diary entries to chronicle her family's activities as they acclimate to life on New York City's Lower East Side. The hopes and dreams of a young girl are beautifully portrayed through Lasky's eloquent and engaging narrative. Readers are quickly drawn into Zipporah's world of traditional Jewish ritual and celebrations and will identify with the girl's desires to aspire to greatness in her new home. She absorbs the freedom of America, wanting to share her enthusiasm with her parents, encouraging her father to pursue his love of music and trying to persuade her mother to shed some of her strict religious ways. The story's historical significance is evident in the Feldman's arrival at Ellis Island and the subsequent procedures immigrants had to endure, and in the description of the factory fire in which Zipporah's friend dies, which is based on the famous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory of 1911. Characters are portrayed as strong individuals, and their motives are believable. Readers learn in an epilogue that Zipporah pursued her love for the theater and eventually rose to stardom. Archival photos, accompanied by a recipe for hamantaschen and the traditional Jewish song to welcome the Sabbath, bring the reality of the novel to light. A story of hope and of love for one's country.--Janet Gillen, Great Neck Public Library, NY
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
083396
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Lasky, Kathryn
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • music
  • photographs
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no index present
Intended audience
750L
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Lexile
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MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 8
Reading level
4.5
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True
Series statement
Dear America
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Accelerated Reader
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  • Jews
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Families
  • Diaries
Target audience
pre adolescent
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the diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish immigrant girl
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Dreams in the golden country : the diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish immigrant girl, by Kathryn Lasky
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm.
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188 pages
Isbn
9780590029735
Lccn
97026213
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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9780590029735
Other physical details
illustrations, music, photographs
Label
Dreams in the golden country : the diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish immigrant girl, by Kathryn Lasky
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
188 pages
Isbn
9780590029735
Lccn
97026213
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780590029735
Other physical details
illustrations, music, photographs

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