Gittel's Journey - Lesléa Newman, Amy June Bates

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Gittel and her mother were supposed to emigrate to America together, but when her mother is stopped by the health inspector, Gittel must make the journey alone. Her mother writes her cousin’s address in New York on a piece of paper. However, when Gittel arrives at Ellis Island, she discovers the ink has run and the address is illegible! How will she find her family? Both a heart-wrenching and heartwarming story, Gittel’s Journey offers a fresh perspective on the immigration journey to Ellis Island. The book includes an author’s note explaining how Gittel’s story is based on the journey to America taken by Lesléa Newman’s grandmother and family friend.

Lesléa Newman is the author of more than 60 books for adults and children. She has received many literary awards including Poetry Fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Parent’s Choice Silver Medal. She lives in Holyoke, MA. Additional information about Ms. Newman and her work may be found at

Amy Bates is the illustrator of Abrams’ Bear in the AirMinette’s Feast, and The Dog Who Belonged to No One. She lives in Pennsylvania.

  • Suitable for 5-8 year olds
  • 279x229mm
  • Hardback

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