When Jessie Came Across the Sea

When Jessie Came Across the Sea

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"Hest simply and faithfully holds a mirror to the milestone event for millions of turn-of-the-century immigrants." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review) When a young girl from a poor eastern European village learns that she must leave her beloved grandmother for a new life - and a new love - in America, they both feel that their hearts will break. The sure and inspired narrative by award-winning author Amy Hest is paired with paintings by P.J. Lynch that glow with warmth and carefully observed detail, creating an unforgettable tribute to the immigrant experience.show more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 248.92 x 274.32 x 5.08mm | 249.47g
  • Candlewick Press (MA)
  • Cambridge, MA, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 076361274X
  • 9780763612740
  • 40,324

Review quote

The strong threads of family and faith run throughout this unabashedly sentimental story of one family's immigrant experience...heart-tuggingly emotional. Lynch's idealized watercolors are dramatically composed...Aside from being a story that has relevance for many, this could be used to personalize a discussion of immigration issues both historical and current. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, recommended review, The A touching tale. . . . The stunning paintings by P.J. Lynch beautifully convey the courage and hope that are part of the universal immigrant experience. --Cleveland Plain Dealer With this tale of a 13-year-old girl's journey from a shtetl in Eastern Europe to America, Hest simply and faithfully holds a mirror to the milestone event for millions of turn-of-the-century immigrants...The subtle, emotional exposition is enriched by Lynch's dramatically charged watercolor and gouache illustrations. The candlelit and sunlit compositions express the yearnings of the immigrants; their faces form a study in hope, loss, and dignity. A compassionate, heartening view of an archetype. --Publishers Weekly, starred reviewshow more

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766 ratings
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4 32% (242)
3 14% (109)
2 3% (20)
1 1% (8)
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