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The Memory Coat

by Elvira Woodruff

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In the early 1900s, two Jewish children, Rachel and Grisha, leave their Russian home with the rest of their family to come to America. In order to pass the dreaded inspection at Ellis Island, Grisha has to decide if he should replace his old tattered coat with a new one.



A moving story of a family emigrating to the United States from Russia at the turn of the century. To while away the days in their small village, or shtetl, Rachel makes up stories and her orphaned cousin draws pictures in the dirt or snow to illustrate them. Although Rachel's mother offers to make Grisha a new coat, the boy clings to his threadbare jacket because it reminds him of his mother. When Russian soldiers come to round up the Jews, the family is forced to flee and makes the long, arduous journey to America. Grisha is nearly turned away by immigration authorities at Ellis Island because of a cut on his eye. Rachel saves the situation when she turns his shabby coat inside out to hide the doctor's chalk mark. Realistic yet impressionistic oil paintings in subdued tones evoke scenes from village and farm life in the old country, while sepia-toned illustrations depict the hardships of the voyage and the grimness of the customs inspection. A touching story of immigration and the resiliency of those who underwent the transition, told with the fondness of a cherished memory. 32 pages

Additional Information

ISBN 9780590677172
Author Elvira Woodruff
Age Group 4-8
Book Type hardcover

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