At Ellis Island : A History in Many Voices
by Louise Peacock and Walter Lyon Krudop


Overview - Ellis Island was the gateway to America and the promise of freedom for thousands. Its walls are rich with stories. Its walls are rich with stories. In this book we hear myriad of those voices. First we follow a young person today. Her great-great-grandmother entered America through Ellis Island.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Ellis Island was the gateway to America and the promise of freedom for thousands. Its walls are rich with stories. Its walls are rich with stories. In this book we hear myriad of those voices. First we follow a young person today. Her great-great-grandmother entered America through Ellis Island. As this young girl walks the halls of the famous site, she wonders about the past, the people, and their hopes, dreams and challenges.

Here, too, is the voice of Sera, an Armenian girl from the early 1900s. Fleeing the unthinkable in her home country, she longs to join her father in America. As Sera enters the halls of Ellis Island, she lives those same hopes, dreams, and challenges.

The voices of real immigrants -- their suffering in steerage, their first glimpse of the Statue of Liberty, and their journey through the Great Hall -- complete this touching look into an important part of America's history. A pivotal time and place is brought to life through a combination of many voices speaking in harmony.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780689830266
  • ISBN-10: 0689830262
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: May 2007
  • Page Count: 44
  • Reading Level: Ages 7-10
  • Dimensions: 11.24 x 8.82 x 0.44 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.11 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Social Topics - Emigration & Immigration
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > History - United States - General

 
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The doorway for a century of immigrants

My eight-year-old twins and I pored over At Ellis Island: A History in Many Voices written by Louise Peacock and illustrated by Walter Lyon Krudop the night before we toured Ellis Island. It was the perfect introduction to one of the most fascinating spots in American history—and the place where my daughters' great-grandparents arrived from Ireland years ago.

This book packs plenty into its pages in a compelling way: historical photos, quotes from various immigrants and Ellis Island workers, illustrative paintings and the fictional diary of Sera, a 10-year-old girl whose mother has died, on a ship from Armenia. These different facets work well together to create an incredibly vivid, informative look at the difficulties of traveling to a strange land and experiencing the joy, confusion and fears of the Ellis Island bureaucracy.

 
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