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Journey to Ellis Island : how my father came to America
Bierman, Carol.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Hyperion Books for Children, [1998]

Physical Description:
48 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
An account of the ocean voyage and arrival at Ellis Island of twelve-year-old Julius Weinstein who, along with his mother and younger sister, immigrated from Russia in 1922.
General Note:
"A Hyperion/Madison Press book."
Reading Level:
750 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.9 1.0 104974.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.3 4 Quiz: 17111 Guided reading level: R.
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E184.J5 B549 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E184.J5 B549 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Jehuda and his family have struggled through hunger, poverty and war in their Russian homeland. Now, at last, the family is heading to begin a new life of freedom in America. But the family's relief is short-lived. In Russia, Jehuda's arm had been injured by a stray bullet, and the health inspectors at Ellis Island are very strict about allowing invalids into the country. Jehuda must convince them that he is well enough to stay, or the whole family will be sent back Russia.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-In 1922, 11-year-old Yehuda Weinstein, his mother, and his sister made their way across Europe and aboard the Rotterdam, bound for New York. Days later, immigration inspectors noticed that the boy's arm was in a sling and refused him entry into the U.S. The book, based on the experiences of the author's father, details with drama and affection the youngster's detention on Ellis Island until he was seen by medical personnel and his eventual arrival in New York. Bierman accurately describes the facility's processing procedures, regulations, routines, and dormitories. Of additional historical interest is the family's flight from Porusetz, Russia, behind a retreating Russian Army. While a bit of the momentum may be lost for some readers due to narrative shifts in time, the combination of archival materials and human interest makes this a natural accompaniment to immigration units. In telling the story, the author relies heavily on fictionalized dialogue. Well-chosen sepia photographs, including some of the family; reproductions of postcards of Ellis Island during the 1920s; and full-page watercolor-and-casein artwork illustrate the presentation giving it the look of a photo album. A final photograph of the 86-year-old Weinstein in the Ellis Island Registry Room he passed through 75 years earlier brings his moving story full circle.-Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.