An Ellis Island Christmas Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-07 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 13 user ratings

" My family came from Poland through Ellis Island. I read this book to my children and they were able to understand their ancestor's journey through the eyes of this young immigrant. " said.

" My mother was a Prussian immigrant to America in 1911. She was only 3, but she also remembered eating a banana. A small treasure. " said.

" Wowzer, I enjoyed this book immensely and after reading so many picture books on immigrating to the US, I've decided to include "picture book groups" to my curriculum. That being said, this picture book will be a wonderful addition to my collection. The story includes vast details on the voyage as well as the Ellis Island experience. " said.

"A young Polish girl and her family immigrate to America through Ellis Island. She arrives just before Christmas and enjoys a few surprises as she awaits being reunited with her father. I read this in December as an example of historical fiction with my third graders. I wanted the read aloud to be about 15 minutes so I picked the pages that I wanted to read and simply summarized a few other pages. My students really liked the part where the young girl tries her first banana. A great connection for second and third graders learning about immigration. Also an easy picture book example of historical fiction. " said.

" Beautifully illustrated picture book about an immigrant family arriving at Ellis Island at Christmastime..A great historical fiction picture book to add to your Christmas collection. " said.

"An Ellis Island Christmas is just an average book, but I will say it does have some very good content in the book. This book shows how hard it is being an immigrant from another country and how long, and hard the journey was to get to this great country America. The journey was long and you could be come sick, if you did make it there was a chance you could be sent back to Europe because you were sick. Overall being an immigrant and having to take that long journey shows how hard it was to get in this country during the 1900. This book was a good book and the illustrations in this book were very well done." said.

" This is a wonderful, touching book. I purchased it in New York while visiting the Statue of Liberty. The author was there and she inscribed it to my daughter. The main character was designed after the author's father. I honestly can't read it without getting choked up. " said.

"The Petrowski family set out for America in this lovely picture-book examination of the immigrant experience, hoping to be reunited with the father and husband who preceded them. Young Krysia, who narrates the tale, must endure many hardships, from choosing which possessions will make the journey with her (and which must be left behind), to the cramped quarters and frequent seasickness, on the ocean voyage. When the family arrive in New York Harbor, and get their first glimpse of Lady Liberty, it is Christmas Eve. Processed through Ellis Island, they spend their Christmas waiting for Papa to arrive...

According to the dust-jacket blurb, Maxinne Rhea Leighton, who made her authorial debut with An Ellis Island Christmas in 1992, and who does not appear to have written anything else thus far, was affiliated with the Ellis Island Museum of Immigration restoration project - a background that has clearly paid off, as her narrative, in addition to being well-written and engaging, feels authentic and believable. I entered fully into Krysia's feelings, mourning with her as she left all she knew behind, and rejoicing when she was finally reunited with her Papa. The artwork, done in watercolor by Dennis Nolan, is immensely appealing, capturing the emotional resonance of the story. This is just a lovely, lovely book, one that I recommend to young readers (advanced picture-book level and up) who are interested in immigrant stories and/or unusual Christmas tales.
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