When Jessie Came Across the Sea

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This beautifully illustrated picture book for junior children is a great way to teach children about immigration.

Jessie is a young girl who lives with her grandmother in a small village and is chosen by the Rabbi to use a one way ticket to go to America.  Both Jessie and her grandmother are heartbroken but Jessie finds friendship on the journey by way of a shoemaker named Lou.  When she arrives in New York she begins working in a dressmakers shop using the skills of lace-making which her grandmother taught her.

3 years on she meets Lou once again and their friendship is rekindled.  Jessie also has earned and saved enough money to send for her grandmother so they are at last reunited. The end brought tears to my eyes.

The illustrations are so rich they tell a story on their own.

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