“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

Junk Man’s Daughter

Junk Man's DaughterAuthor:  Sonia Levitin

Illustrations by:  Guy Porfirio

Published by:   Sleeping Bear Press  (October 2007)

Ages:  6 and up

Themes:   Hope, hard work, dreams, and determination

First Lines:  When we were still in the old country, every night Papa told my brothers and me about America. “You will see, Hanna,”Papa said.  “There are streets of gold.”

Synopsis:  The family moved to America believing the streets were made of gold.  But soon after arriving, Hanna and her family learned that the streets were not paved with gold as her father had promised  Her parents had to work hard to make ends meet.  Hanna and her brothers had to sleep on a mattress on the floor.  One day Hanna sees something glinting in the sunlight, something like gold! She and her family begin to collect “junk” from the streets to sell and after long days and nights and much hard work, they finally earn enough to buy a cart and then to buy a truck to haul the junk around.  By the time Hanna is an adult the family owns a fleet of trucks and a very profitable company proving hard work and determination, wins out in the end.

Why I like it:  This is another heart-warming story that I would love to keep.  Young readers will empathise with Hanna’s longing for a better life  The beautiful warm illustrations are so life-like and life between the old country and America is so striking.  I love the details and facial expressions.

Sonia Levitin writes with compassion and having been born in Germany just before World War 11 and escaping the Nazi, leaving all her possessions for a better life in America with her family, she has a true sense of what it must have been like.  She is also an award-winning author of more than forty books.

This is Sonia’s website…   http://www.sonialevitin.com/

Guy Porfirio dreamt of becoming an accomplished illustrator when he was a young child.  Well, after seeing this book and then his website, I have to say he is a MASTER at his craft.   The New York Times best selling illustrator has illustrated many, many books and now living in Tucson Arizona with his family.  Just pop over and be blown away by his artwork…. INCREDIBLE!   …   Drool!   www.guyportirio.com

Resources/Findings:  Interesting teachers tool …      http://jwa.org/teach/golearn

The following are a couple of ideas to help entertain kids and benefit the environment.

This is a great website on recycle crafts for kids…    http://www.favecrafts.com/Earth-Day-Crafts/16-Recycle-Crafts-for-Kids

Another website on recycled craft ideas…   http://www.planetpals.com/recycle_crafts_kids.html

Pop over  and visit the lovely author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.    Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with the books reviewed by many authors.

About Diane Tulloch

a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young.
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23 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

  1. Juliana Lee says:

    That does sound like a lovely book. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Looks like an excellent book! I’m a collector of found treasures as well. Mostly my “junk” is not appreciated by the Mom Person, but she does appreciate my initiative. Maybe this book would be good for her to read. Thanks for sharing!

  3. The art does blow me away. And what a charming story. I never get tired of immigrant books.

  4. Stacy S. Jensen says:

    I’m like Joanne. I never tire of immigrant stores. We’ll look for this at our library.

  5. I’d really like to read this too. Making such a big move is quite the shock, no matter what the circumstances.

  6. clarbojahn says:

    This reminds me of a tree grows in Brooklyn one of my all time favs. Thanks for introducing this to us, Diane. :)

  7. Wow, I love this book Diane. It is so representative of what immigrants experienced. It is also about determination and resilience! Will look this one up for sure.

  8. Joanna says:

    Love immigrant stories – this is the American dream! Sleeping Bear Press publish some super stories.

  9. Diane…what a wonderful book to post to PPBF for the Thanksgiving season. I’ve added it to my library hold request list.:)

  10. Great book choice! I like the message! :D

  11. Love the sound of this book. Thank you!

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