When Jessie Came Across the Sea

Title

When Jessie Came Across the Sea

Authors

Amy Hest

Illustrator

P. J. Lynch

Publisher

Candlewick

Publication Year

2003

ISBN

9780763612740

Pages

36 pages

Genre

historical

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

When a young girl from a poor eastern European village learns that she must leave her beloved grandmother for a new life - and a new love - in America, they both feel that their hearts will break. The sure and inspired narrative by award-winning author Amy Hest is paired with paintings by P.J. Lynch that glow with warmth and carefully observed detail, creating an unforgettable tribute to the immigrant experience.

Grade Level

K-3

Lexile Measure

470L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; Kinship care; Poverty; Immigrants and refugees; grandparent raising grandchild; aunt raising niece; living in poverty; immigrant child

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

grandmother; orphan

Awards

ABC Children's Booksellers Choices Award, 1998, Winner, Special Subjects
American Booksellers Book Sense Book of the Year (ABBY) Award, 1998, Honor Book, Children (13-18)
Bisto Book of the Year Award, 1997, Merit Book Award
Christopher Award, 1998, Winner
English 4-11 Picture Book Award, 1998, Winner, Picture Book
Kate Greenaway Medal, 1997, Winner
Parents' Choice Award, 1997, Gold, Picture Book
Sydney Taylor Book Award, 1997, Honor Book, Younger Reader
Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, 12th Edition, 1999
Best Children's Books of the Year, 1998 Five to Nine Past
Best of the Bunch, 1997
Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001
Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006
Children's Literature Choice List, 1998 Short Books or Picture Books with More Text Than Usual for Younger Readers (Children 5 to 10)
Immigrant Experience, 1999
Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of the Social Studies, 1997
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 1998 Geography, People, and Places: North America
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, Picture Book
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, 1997 Picture Book
Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association, 1998

Keywords

New York City; Europe; Judaism; sewing; lace; marriage; America; education; child labor; travel

Diversity Impact

direct

When Jessie Came Across the Sea

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