Junk Man’s Daughter
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.