Dreams In The Golden Country: the Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl, New York City, 1903

Dreams In The Golden Country the Diary of Zipporah Feldman a Jewish Immigrant Girl New York City New dreams and old traditions flourish and clash when a Jewish girl and her family emigrate from Russia to America

  • Title: Dreams In The Golden Country: the Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl, New York City, 1903
  • Author: Kathryn Lasky
  • ISBN: 9780439445634
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Paperback
  • New dreams and old traditions flourish and clash when a Jewish girl and her family emigrate from Russia to America.

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    1. This is the diary of Zipporah Feldman. Zippy's family came over to America in 1903 in hopes of a better life. Her father has already come over and established a life for himself and his family. Zippy has two sisters, Tovah, who becomes very involved in the unions, and Miriam, who falls in love with an Irish boy.Zipporah wants to do what is best for her family and help out whenever she possibly can. Her Mama and Papa will not let her work though, on account of her age, so Zippy must go to school. [...]

    2. The diary of Zipporah Feldman also known as Zippy, talks about how her family moves from Russia to America, hoping for a better life. Her father was in America and had a job and a home. Her two sisters, Tovah and Miriam, and her mother came over to join their father. Though Zippy wants to help hear family as much as she can she is too young. Instead she has to go to school, she is so behind she has to start at third grade and work up to eight. Along the way she meets many friends, including Blu. [...]

    3. *NOTE* Some spoilers.This was a great book - an accurate depiction of what life was like for immigrants coming to American and life for them on the Lower East Side at the turn of the century. Twelve-year-old Zipporah Feldman keeps a diary from 1903-1906 - we join her at her first days in America at Ellis Island where she writes totally in Yiddish. She improves in school, her English-written entries in italics. Her family has many struggles - a smelly, interesting boarder, her older sister Miriam [...]

    4. This book is written like a diary. Zipporah is the one doing the talking. She is 10 years old when her family immigrates from Russia to America. She keeps a diary for about 18 months. All her hopes, dreams and tragedy's are written here. The first thing she has to do is go to school. Since Zipporah can't speak English very well they put her in with the first graders. But she learns fast and moves up through the school system. Zipporah's one big dream is to become an actress in the theater. Does [...]

    5. I read this book several times. I really loved the Dear America series. I think they still have a place in YA literature today, and I think more girls should read them because it gives an opportunity to make connections to the past in a personal way.

    6. I rated this book 3 stars because, I didn't really know much about life in NY was in 1903-1905 despite Ellis Island. This book didn't have much plot or setting. But had a lot of character. These are my thoughts on this book. I read this book when it was due, I just forgot to update this book.

    7. i like the book so much that it make me think of a part in my life that my famliy nevreto brake up or have to go some whare to live alone.

    8. I forget where I picked this up at but I finally read it less than two months ago. I have a friend or two who are slowly reading and/or collecting the Dear America series. I have no interest in doing the same but every once in awhile I read one that interests me for a specific reason.Since I read a lot about the Holocaust and how the Jewish people survived, and in many cases didn't survive, this caught my eye because of the title. Of course, the date is also on the cover so I knew what I was get [...]

    9. I have always found this period of American history fascinating. The story of Zippy and her family shows the struggles faced by immigrants, particularly learning English and trying to combine the traditions of their country with the new ideas they were exposed to in America. I did feel a bit out of touch with some of the Jewish traditions and High Holy Days, because I am Catholic, like Sean, but I did find the family's devotion to their Jewish tradtions touching and it was interesting to learn a [...]

    10. Zipporah (Zippy) Feldman is a Jewish Immigrant to America, she has heard of all the great opportunity in America, and is eager to take some. Zippy runs into all the greatness of America, as well as some of her downfalls. She starts school, makes new friends, and watches her sister, Miriam fall in love. This book was sweet. It is a true account of what Jewish Immigrants felt. It was well written, and full of information. I loved the sisters, even when different belifes seperated them. They still [...]

    11. I absolutley loved reading these books when i was younger, and actually remember historical events that occured because of these books. The pictures at the back of the book of the time period and event were great, and I would often stare at them for an endless amount of time. I think this was one of my favorites, the description of the triangle factory fire amazed me, and to this day I remember what happened and what the triangle fire was and what it did for the US. Awesome book overall :D

    12. I enjoyed this book, and not just because the sister's name was Tovah, which made me think of my friend's sister, Tova! I like reading about what it might have been like for immidgrants to this country in the early 1900s, and I didn't really know anything about Russian Jewish immigrants before reading this story.

    13. My mother-in-law gave me this children's novel after we visited the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side. The guided museum tour was fantastic (and highly recommended), and the experience helped me visualize the family's apartment and neighborhood in the novel. The main character, Zipporah, is a lovable, hardworking girl that you just want to root for. Go, Zippy!

    14. Dreams in the Golden Country (New York City) / 0-590-02973-8It seems I like all the Dear America books, and this one is no exception. Although I was expecting something a little more along the lines of "The Jungle" and a little less along the lines of "Fiddler on the Roof", this book does manage to neatly encapsulate the life of an immigrant to America in the early 1900s. The author skims briefly over their stay at Ellis islands, the perfunctory and frightening medical exams, and the cramped apa [...]

    15. Zippora or what people call her "Zippy" has just come to America. She and her family are going to go stay with their dad. Their dad had been away in America for a long time, trying to earn enough money for them to come. Well after Zippy, her two sisters, and her mother have to wait to get a check up to see if they have any diseses. When someone came to check Zippy's eyes, she wrote something on her back. Zippy's sister took Zippy's jacket and put it inside out.When they saw their dad, they were [...]

    16. 1903 Russia Proper was over six million square miles, and the Pale of Settlement was the only place Jews were allowed to live. It was 386,100 sq. mi. in the area we now call Poland, Lithuania, and Ukraine. It was not a self-governing body, as they were subjected to numerous anti-/Semitic decrees that limited various activities and professions. Life was unpleasant, but manageable.The Pale was abolished in 1917, when the Russian Revolution ended. Pograms were frequent, sabers rattled, homes destro [...]

    17. I've read two Dear America books now, this being the 2nd. I had heard great things about them, but so far, I found them merely average. These are children books, but that doesn't mean adults can't like them, and I usually like children's novels.Zipporah and her family are new immigrants to America. Here they are starting over with a new life, but they have to make sure they are adjusting to life appropriately as it is very different from what they are used to. While her sisters each have somethi [...]

    18. This is the story of Zipporah Feldman, a young Jewish girl who came to American from Russia. At the time there was an effort by the government to kill Jews, and villages where Jews lived would be attacked by Cossacks, with people raping and killing the people who lived there.Many Jewish people moved to the U.S. and this is the story of one family and what its various members had to do. A lot of the novel examines the daily lives of the people in the family. The novel looks at what the people do [...]

    19. This book in particular, reminds me of when I was a little girl. The diary of Zipporah Feldman is slightly bilingual because Zipporah introduces the Yiddish language every so often. The book itself is pretty humorous because it is told from a 12-year-old's perspective and it's very entertaining because of it. Zipporah basically lets us into her daily life and allows us to experience her family's hardship while immigrating to the United States. Her experience is so heart warming and sad that I ju [...]

    20. It's 1903, and Zipporah Feldman, her older sisters Miriam and Tovah, and their mother have come to join Papa in New York City, fleeing the persecution of Jews in their small Russian village. As she struggles to adjust to the American way of life, fit in at her new school, and learn English, Zippy, as she is calld, writes in her diary of how her father is becoming more American every day, Miriam is in love with a Catholic boy, Tovah is obsessed with fighting for better labor condition, and Mama a [...]

    21. As all books in the Dear America series, this one is written in a first person journal format. Its one of my favorite ways a book is written in. Dreams in the Golden Country is filled with lots of family drama. Between major events that happen with her sisters and small ones that happen with her parents, Zipporah certainly has her hands full. Her family has just come to America and they really struggle finding a middle ground between this new way of life and the ways of the old country. Over all [...]

    22. This book was very good and much like "One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping". Reading about what her and her family had to go through was interesting. While reading the book I got to know her, her life, and how she felt. She talked about how she got left out because she's an immigrant that does't speak English a whole lot. The way that she explain this part of the story was my absolute favorite because it made you feel like you were there with her. I definitely would recommend this to anyone that [...]

    23. Wow! This book was very good! Although I have already read it, it felt like I was reading it for the first time! If you like historical fiction, or books in journal-form, then this is this book for you! Even though it is a light read, I enjoyed it anyway. It covered serious topics such as the horrible incident at the Triangle Diamond Shirtwaist Factory. It also covered jewish immigrants coming to Ellis Island in search of a better life. I would definitley read this book again, and I reccommend i [...]

    24. Dear Diary That's the first thing I read in this book, kind of like a diary(just so you know, I'm kinda into these 'Dear America' books right now). It's about a jewish immigrant named Zipporah Feldman, which I think is a really unique name. Anyway, they she and her family just moved to america to a crowded apartment where all the people have to SHARE a toilet. Ugg. So Zipporah goes through that, while her family is growing away from being seriously jewish. Except her mother. A really great book! [...]

    25. There was nothing that could have been worse about this book, and nothing that really could have been better. It was a solid four stars.When Zipporah, (Zippy) goes to America from Russia, she notices a lot of change. Like then she has to go to school. But Zippy turns out to like it.Some of the items in this book I was disappointed with. When her friend, Mamie, dies, she doesn`t write for nearly two months, and it dates it back to 1905. This book spanned over 2-4 years, unlike a normal Dear Ameri [...]

    26. Another excellent diary in the series. This book was a great one to follow the shirtwaist factory diary I just read previously. Again, I learned a lot more than I had known, and I found myself getting very involved with the characters and their situations. It continually amazes me that stamina these early immigrants had to succeed. They are to be commended. I don't think people growing up in my time really have a full appreciation of it. I highly recommend this book to both young and older reade [...]

    27. This entire series is a wonderful way to learn history or teach it to adolescents. I find today's generations seem to recall more when they learn through other people (pop songs, celebrity gossip, etc.), so what better way to teach history than through someone else's perspective? Yes, "authentic" diaries would be "better", but would the language really hold the modern student's attention? Did the diary writer know what WOULD be important in the context of history? Probably not.

    28. I didn't really like this book because it didn't really have a meaning, it only told about her life and nothing else. My opoin is that someone who wants to learn about life in New York City in the 1900's should read this book but if you don't i would recamend it to people who like action or adventure in the books that they read. Although some parts weren't that good there was some good parts like when something she have been praying for happens it is kinda good.

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