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An Ellis Island Christmas

Title

An Ellis Island Christmas

Illustrator

Dennis Nolan

Publisher

Vikings

Publication Year

1992

ISBN

9780670831821

Pages

32 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Papa has already left Poland, and Krysia longs to see him again. "First we must cross the ocean to get to Ellis Island in America," says Mama. "That's where Papa is waiting for us." Saying goodbye to her home is hard, and the ocean voyage is long and stormy, but finally, on Christmas Eve, Krysia sees the Statue of Liberty! Dennis Nolan's richly rendered illustrations powerfully evoke the uncertainty, wonder, and hope of this young immigrant's experience. An Ellis Island Christmas is a holiday story to treasure, year after year.

Grade Level

PK-1; K-3; 3-5

Lexile Measure

530L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; Language barrier; Poverty; Immigrants and refugees; different languages; learning a new language; impoverished family; immigrant family; immigrant parents; immigrant children; migration; relocation

Main Character

female child

Race/Ethnicities

White (Polish)

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, Tenth Edition, 1993
Marion Vannett Ridgway Award, 1993, Honor Book

Keywords

Poland; dolls; Christmas; journey; boat; dolphins; hope; reunion; melting pot; sea sickness; Ellis Island

Diversity Impact

direct

An Ellis Island Christmas


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