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The Resource When Jessie came across the sea, Amy Hest ; illustrated by P.J. Lynch

When Jessie came across the sea, Amy Hest ; illustrated by P.J. Lynch

Label
When Jessie came across the sea
Title
When Jessie came across the sea
Statement of responsibility
Amy Hest ; illustrated by P.J. Lynch
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A thirteen-year-old Jewish orphan reluctantly leaves her grandmother and immigrates to New York City, where she works for three years sewing lace and earning money to bring Grandmother to the United States, too
Award
Kate Greenaway Medal, 1997.
Review
  • Books for Youth, Middle Readers: Gr. 2-4, younger for reading aloud. Jessie and her grandmother live in an Eastern European shtetel where, one day, the Rabbi informs the villagers that his brother has died and left him one ticket to "the promised land." The rabbi feels he cannot leave his people and decides to give the ticket to 13-year-old Jessie. It's almost too much for Jessie and her grandmother to bear, though both believe it is for the best. In America, Jessie follows her grandmother's trade and becomes a dressmaker. She works for three years until she has enough saved to purchase another ticket--for her grandmother. This picture book for older children is handsomely crafted. The pages are thick, and the watercolor-and-gouache paintings that illustrate the story are luminous. Lynch's full-page and paneled art, especially the scenes of Jessie at sea, have a panoramic quality. In some ways, the book's rich look is a problem, because the design, at times, overwhelms a story whose strongest point is its personal feeling. The pictures are striking, but it's the text that conveys the human emotions of loss, hope, and love that children will respond to. ((Reviewed February 1, 1998)) -- Ilene Cooper
  • Gr 2-4--This narrative of 13-year-old Jessie's journey from a poor village in Eastern Europe to New York City at the turn of the century affords readers a panoramic view of events and people. The author's exploration of a variety of emotions and feelings provides modern youngsters with a sense of connections with times long past. There is the familial devotion between Jessie and her grandmother, whom she has to leave behind. A shipboard friendship with Lou, a young shoemaker, helps Jessie survive the hardships and uncertainties of the ocean crossing. Her skill as a lacemaker, painstakingly learned from her grandmother, insures her success in the dressmaker's shop where she goes to work. Her romance with Lou is rekindled when they meet years later on a wintry day in Central Park. Jessie's reunion with her grandmother, whose ticket she has purchased with money saved during years of hard work, is the poignant conclusion to this tale. Lynch's luminous watercolor and gouache illustrations capture the characters' feelings, at the same time recording the storms at sea and teeming streets of the Lower East Side. The two young people's spirit of hope and optimism, created by the straightforward text, is enhanced by these pictures, as they provide a visual record of difficulties encountered by the scores of immigrants who reached these shores. This book will be particularly useful for units on immigration and family histories, used in conjunction with Allen Say's Grandfather's Journey (Houghton, 1993) or Jeanette Winter's Klara's New World (Knopf, 1992; o.p.).--Martha Rosen, Edgewood School, Scarsdale, NY
  • "With this tale of a 13-year-old girl's journey from a shtetl in Eastern Europe to America, the author simply and faithfully holds a mirror to the milestone event for millions of immigrants," wrote PW in a starred review. Ages 6-12. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed November 3, 2003) (Publishers Weekly, vol 250, issue 44, p77)
Awards note
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Winner
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
083194
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hest, Amy
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
  • MG
  • 3-5
  • MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 4
Reading level
  • 3.2
  • 3.5
  • 3.2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Lynch, Patrick James
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader AR
  • Reading Counts RC
  • Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Jews
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Orphans
  • Grandmothers
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Jews
  • Orphans
  • Grandmothers
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Grandmothers
  • Jews
  • Orphans
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
When Jessie came across the sea, Amy Hest ; illustrated by P.J. Lynch
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm36372381
Dimensions
26 x 29 cm
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780763600945
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
97006250
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)36372381
Label
When Jessie came across the sea, Amy Hest ; illustrated by P.J. Lynch
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm36372381
Dimensions
26 x 29 cm
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780763600945
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
97006250
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)36372381

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