ANNA & SOLOMON by Elaine Snyder

ANNA & SOLOMON

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Age Range: 4 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

A young man immigrates to America at the turn of the 20th century and works and saves so his wife can join him.

Russia was not a good place for a young Jewish couple to thrive, no matter how hard they worked. The czar’s soldiers attacked their town, destroyed homes and religious books, and stole their possessions. Solomon and Anna decide that he should go to America and save up money to buy Anna a ticket. He arrives in New York and works as a housepainter, and months later, he is able to send the money. But when he meets the ship, Anna’s brother is there instead. They work together to send money again, and this time another brother arrives. Next time, it is Anna’s mother who gets off the ship. Finally Anna arrives, and they are reunited. The whole family continues to work and grow and prosper in their adopted land of freedom and opportunity. This tale of the author’s grandparents was passed down through the generations of her family. Snyder relates the events with obvious pride and love, in a conversational tone filled with descriptive details that highlight her ancestors’ determination, courage and compassion. Bliss’ illustrations beautifully complement the text, capturing time, place and emotions.

An American story that is at once personal, timeless and universal. Lovely and uplifting. (author’s note) (Picture book. 4-10)

Pub Date: May 20th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-374-30362-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Margaret Ferguson/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2014




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