All seriousness aside, this ‘inspection’ brought back memories when I was going through the tedious immigration process. Young Julie listens happily as Grandfather describes how he crossed the ocean in a golden wagon pulled by Moishe, a very special goat; how Teddy Roosevelt personally welcomed him; and how he emerged from his huge castle on New York City's Lower East Side to sell gemstone and plate-sized buttons. When she is not reading, Fats likes to shop pet apparel for her cat Penny (who absolutely loathes it). I was so afraid they would find something wrong with me, but, thank God, I passed every test.”.

He has also illustrated Morris the Artist by Lore Segal, The Perfect Friend by Yelena Romanova, and Carnival of Animals by John Lithgow. We had to leave Russia any way we could.”. The funny thing, though, was that I wasn’t worried about being denied. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Word Count 1,025. Sure enough, I had fun reading it from start to finish. Maybe it’s just me being so used to the company of old people because of my profession, but Julie’s grandfather has become one of my favorite picture book characters. Boris Kulikov, a former set and costume designer in St. Petersburg, Russia, was chosen as a Flying Start by Publishers Weekly. This is the mature for

I’ve always been fascinated by immigrants and their stories and took many courses in college. Offer redeemable at Simon & Schuster's ebook fulfillment partner. The Castle on Hester Street - Jewish Learning Matters Read Online The Castle On Hester Street future. We watched it during New Year’s Eve (did I tell you that?).

This activity allows students to review similes while practicing fluency. Change ). Learn how your comment data is processed. Singapore | United Arab Emirates | United States of America | Philippines. Fats is the Assistant Manager for Circulation Services at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account.

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Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. New pictures add fresh animation to a slightly retouched text originally published in 1982. But Grandma's no-nonsense memories are far different from Grandpa's tall tales. Hundreds of families were crowded together. , This book sounds very good! I hope I can find it in our libraries here. A flying goat, buttons the size of sleds, and a castle on Hester Street are some of the widely imaginative stories Julie's grandpa tells her about his journey from Russia to New York many years ago. We couldn’t live or work where we wanted. TM ® & © 2016 Scholastic Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Ha! Now The Castle on Hester Street is given new life with Boris Kulikov's vibrant paintings. Thanks for the suggestion. Set during WWII, at a time when Germans were hunting down Jews, Guido tried to protect his son from the horrors of war by turning everything into a game.

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The Immigrant Experience Etched on Two Sides of a Coin. ‘9,092 miles to go, 9,092 miles, after we pass that small patch of snow we’ll have 9,091 miles to go…’ Moishe’s wagon was solid gold. Thank you for signing up, fellow book lover! Julie’s grandfather actually reminded me a bit of Roberto Benigni’s character, Guido, in the 1997 film Life Is Beautiful. It was terrible. It was lovely seeing it again this time through Ela’s eyes. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.
We started singing the moment we left Russia. This activity was created to accompany Castle on Hester Street by linda Heller.
Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. As unique as its illustrations, The Castle on Hester Street presents the immigrant experience through the opposing yet heartwarming stories of Julie’s grandparents. As an immigrant myself, I am familiar with the stories told by Julie’s grandmother.