The Castle on Hester Street
A flying goat, buttons the size of sleds, and a castle on Hester Street are some of the widely imaginative stories Julie's grandpa tells her about his journey from Russia to New York many years ago. But Grandma's no-nonsense memories are far different from Grandpa's tall tales.
This classic story, which reveals the immigrant experience with wit and warmth, won the Sydney...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 23rd 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
(first published 1982)
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This book is great for reading to your class when studying immigrants coming to the U.S from Europe. A little girl's grandfather wanted to tell her a tale about how he came to America only he told it with a lot of exaggerations to get his grand daughter excited. Her grandmother however told her what really happened which I thought was great. I liked how they explained emigrating in a way that students can understand without all of the negative connotations. They actually talk about in the book i...more
Mar 16, 2010 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
A sentimental story about a girl's grandparents' struggles in the old country, their journey to America, and their humble beginnings here. The grandfather likes to embellish with fancy details, but the couple melds their stories together to illustrate their life's journey for their granddaughter. It's a great story and is a common one for many immigrants. Our girls enjoyed watching this book read aloud on the "Tumblebooks" online audiobook site (tumblebooks.com). The accents and dialects are don...more
Apr 07, 2012 The Styling Librarian rated it 3 of 5 stars
Enjoyed the message on freedom of religion, independence, growing as a person. Also, enjoyed the tall tales but felt frustrated at the beginnings of stories and the grandfather getting cut off, not sure why, but it didn't set quite right for me. I really wanted to enjoy this story more...
Sep 23, 2008 Miriam rated it 4 of 5 stars
This was a very fun book, with colorful illustrations. This book works well on several levels: It would be an interesting book for children learning about immigration in the late 1800s or early 1900s, it is fun as a book about storytelling and tall tales, and it illustrates the importance of family ties and passing on stories about the family to younger generations.
I was born in New York City and continue to live there. I received a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and began my professional career as an animator. My film Album was shown at Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the Venice Biennale. I also worked on numerous TV commercials and television shows.
I received a 1996 New York Foundation for the Arts...more