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What Zeesie Saw on Delancey Street

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It is Zeesie's seventh birthday, and not only does she have an elegant new dress and her own dollar bill, but Papa has decided she is old enough to attend that evening's package party. The party is grand, with great towers of wrapped surprise packages to be auctioned to raise money for other new immigrants to the community. But, as Zeesie soon discovers, not everything and ...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published October 1st 1996)
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Kathryn
I really enjoyed this second adventure with Zessie, especially learning about the package party! What a wonderful way to celebrate community.
Janine Darragh
In her Yiddish community in NYC, Zeesie goes to a gathering on her birthday where she learns about sharing and helping those in need. I love the infusion of Yiddish words and the recipes that are included in the front and back of this sweet story.
Theresa Reifon
Format/Length: Picture book; 40 pages

Theme(s): Kindness/Helping others, Community, Loving family/friends

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This story takes place in the 1930's. Zeesie is a young Jewish girl who is attending her first package party on her 7th birthday. A package party is a fundraiser where fellow Jewish immigrants from the community come together and bring food in packages that are auctioned off to one another to raise money to help other newcomers. This book does a great job conveying the message of helpin
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Nancy
Published: 1996, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Age: 5-8

Interesting book about Jewish life and cummunity set in the 1930’s. Zeesie is excited because she is attending her first package party, which is really a fundraiser to help immigrants and friends from the Jewish community. Colorful pictures featuring Jewish food, songs, and dance. Priceman reveals the various personalities of some of the people at the party and her curiousity gets the best of her when she sneaks into a “money roo
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Barbara
Marjorie Priceman's colorful illustrations capture beautifully the personalities and the era in this story of a young girl growing up on Manhattan's Lower East Side. On her seventh birthday, she is allowed to accompany her parents to a package party where she learns about giving, receiving and privacy.
Jane
Sep 12, 2011 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well-told historical fiction picture book with a winning heroine. I was fascinated by this piece of Jewish immigrant history I was unfamiliar with, despite my familiarity with the period in general. The illustrations are bright and busy in a good way, with lots to look at and find.
Jessica.rice2
Dec 08, 2012 Jessica.rice2 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A clear and powerful message is delivered simply in this book. An alluring outlook on immigration and what it means to be apart of a close knit community. A story about a young girls curiosity and inquisitive nature and what it leads her to discover.
Mirka Breen
Dec 30, 2012 Mirka Breen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those increasingly rare substance-full stories in picture book format that I never tired of reading to the kiddos. A favorite at my house for ages 5-85.
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