KLARA'S NEW WORLD by Jeanette Winter


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Age Range: 7 - 12
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 When a drought brings tough times to her Swedish family, Klara--not yet eight--fears she'll be hired out to work on the manor. Then a letter arrives from a friend in America, urging them to sell out and join him. Hesitantly, they decide to do so, leaving home, friends, and Grandfather forever. Crossing the Atlantic in a sailing ship, they continue by train and steamboat to their Minnesota destination, where Papa's friend Bertil helps them establish a new home. The text here is somewhat plodding, and the expressive, stylized figures, set amid heavy blue-greens and purples in the flat, decoratively designed illustrations, may put off some young readers. Still, the underlying story, authentic and relevant to many families, holds its own excitement. A concluding note sets it in the 1860's. (Picture book. 7-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-679-80626-1
Page count: 42pp
Publisher: Knopf
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1992


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