Lesia's Dream
Laura Langston
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Lesia's Dream

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Fifteen-year-old Lesia can hardly bear it. She and her family must leave their beloved Baba in their Ukrainian hometown in order to flee to Canada. Dreaming of fields of wheat, wealth and security, Lesia looks forward to a life in Canada, free from poverty and rumours of war. But the 160 acres of hardscrabble prairie look nothing like the wheat fields of her dreams. And ev...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by HarperCollins (first published 2003)
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I'm adding this in honor of someone's B-Day! :) Unfortunately, my library has no copies so I will have to go find it!

About a little Ukrainian girl growing up on the Canadian prairies - easy read, nice story, cultural insights.
I failed to ask my own grandmother about her experiences growing up on the prairie after her parents came to Canada from Eastern/Central Europe. I read "Lesia's Dream" for one example at what life could have been like for her, so I was reading more for the "historical" part of historical fiction. But along with giving a detailed picture of the natural and human world in part of Manitoba around the time of World War I, the book has a strong and endearing protagonist, and the story flows very nice...more
One of the strongest Canadian historical fiction works I've read.

A life of pride. A life with land. A life where no one dies of hunger or ravaged by a sickness made strong by malnutrition and overwork. That is Lesia and Ivan's dream, and they've convinced their parents to move to Canada to pursue it. But they're Ukrainian, and Canada isn't convinced it likes immigrants who are peasants in places far from England.

This book about an immigrant's pioneer story is a refreshing addition to the Little...more
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Lea Tassie
Soil is nothing without seeds. So says Lesia's Baba in the prologue.

As someone who grew up on a northern Canadian homestead much like Lesia's, I commend the author for her brilliant portrayal of the land and the struggle of Lesia and her family to tame it. For me, the story was, in that respect, a welcome journey through old memories and a reminder of how vital the soil is for all of us. Indeed, soil is nothing without the seeds it nourishes and our heritage is diminished without the seeds of hi...more
Read it for Ukrainian class in grade 5. It was ok.
Apr 05, 2014 Eryn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pioneer fans, sappy story fans
I am so surprised why this book isn't more popular! Sure, it isn't the kind of story most want to read about, but I still love it! Lesia and her dream have such an important message within this book, and even though I found this at an old secondhand store, I cherish it. Definitely reccomend!!
Cindy Lol
this true story (i supposed) is sentimental of describing the true life of new Canadian immigrant and inspiration of having hope to live and fighting off the discrimination of class system and prejudice o its identity.
Use this book for our CDN Immigration unit in Social Studies.
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