Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story by Lesléa Newman & Amy June Bates (Illustrator)

Gittel and her mother were supposed to immigrate to America together, but when her mother is stopped by the health inspector, Gittel must make the journey alone. Her mother writes her cousin’s address in New York on a piece of paper. However, when Gittel arrives at Ellis Island, she discovers the ink has run and the address is illegible! How will she find her family?

Both a heart-wrenching and heartwarming story, Gittel’s Journey offers a fresh perspective on the immigration journey to Ellis Island. The book includes an author’s note explaining how Gittel’s story is based on the journey to America taken by Lesléa Newman’s grandmother and family friend.

How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Historical Fiction / Picture Book

Review: The artwork is wonderful, like stenciled watercolor. There are poignant images to go with each page of the story. Additionally there is an Author’s Note at the back of the book which explains that Gittel’s Journey was inspired by two true stories.

Gittel’s Journey is a touching children’s pictures storybook. It is a doorway to history with illustration that make it more captivating for it’s young audience.


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