Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story (Coming in 2019)


Gittel and her mother were supposed to immigrate 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.--from the publisher

48 pages             978-1419727474          Ages 6-10

************* At the turn of the century, around 1900, a young Jewish girl and her mother leave their home in the part of Europe that was sometimes Poland and sometimes Russia, and saying goodbye to everyone they knew, they head to the ship that will carry them to America. But when they are questioned by the authorities before going on board, the authorities find that Gittel's mother has an infection in her eye and they tell her she cannot board the ship. Gittel will have to get on the ship without her mother and sail to America alone.

Two million immigrants came through Ellis Island between 1896 and 1954. Based on the true stories of two brave women, this is Gittel's Journey to a new land and a new life.

48 pages             978-1419727474          Ages 6-10

Keywords: immigrants, Europe, courage, risk, grit, new experiences, ships, sailing, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, history, Jewish, Social Studies Curriculum

Recommended by: Barb Langridge,

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