A PEDDLER'S DREAM by Janice Shefelman


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A classic immigrant success story with a protagonist more unusual in children's literature than in real life: a Lebanese American. Solomon Joseph Azar isn't fazed by his four-week voyage: ""After all, the blood of seafaring Phoenicians flowed in his veins."" Starting as a peddler, he soon gets a place in a shop and can return to Lebanon, in 1911, to fetch his betrothed; later, he inherits the store and, after a disastrous fire, is able to rebuild, bigger and better. The straightforward, well-researched story is attractively illustrated in pen and watercolor with a wealth of period details.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 1571682945
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin