A flying goat, buttons the size of sleds, and a castle on Hester Street are some of the widely imaginative stories Julie's grandpa tells her about his journey from Russia to New York many years ago. But Grandma's no-nonsense memories are far different from Grandpa's tall tales.
This classic story, which reveals the immigrant experience with wit and warmth, won the Sydney Taylor Book Award when it was originally published with Linda Heller's own illustrations. Now, on its twenty-fifth anniversary, The Castle on Hester Street is given new life with Boris Kulikov's vibrant paintings.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Linda Heller has written and illustrated many books for children. The Castle on Hester Street won the Sydney Taylor Book Award when it was first published in 1982. Linda Heller lives in New York City.
Boris Kulikov, a former set and costume designer in St. Petersburg, Russia, was chosen as a Flying Start by Publishers Weekly. He has also illustrated Morris the Artist by Lore Segal, The Perfect Friend by Yelena Romanova, and Carnival of Animals by John Lithgow. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Julie's grandfather regales tales of how he and his wife emigrated from Russia to New York City. On the one hand, it gives a truthful depiction of what immigrants faced when they came here: name changes, background checks, and medical check ups, exceedling long days striving to make a living. The grandfather's wife, Ruth, does not like how fanciful he makes life in America seem, nor life in Russia either. Eventually, the Grandma commands Grandpa to tell the trutht: Julie's grandparents worked very hard, but they were happy because they were together. They were able to live life according to their own terms. Great illustrations capture the feeling of hope although Julie's grandparents life was hard. This is a good story to introduce to kids about early immigrants during the twentieth century. The Leifmotif of buttons is woven through this book. Its what Grandpa did for a living; selling buttons to keep his family together.