Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “What Zeesie Saw on Delancey Street” as Want to Read:
What Zeesie Saw on Delancey Street
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

What Zeesie Saw on Delancey Street

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about What Zeesie Saw on Delancey Street, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about What Zeesie Saw on Delancey Street

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-28 of 33)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
I really enjoyed this second adventure with Zessie, especially learning about the package party! What a wonderful way to celebrate community.
Theresa Reifon
Format/Length: Picture book; 40 pages

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


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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Tiffani marked it as to-read
Jul 24, 2014
Anne marked it as to-read
May 31, 2014
Sophie marked it as to-read
May 12, 2014
Norma Garrity
Norma Garrity marked it as to-read
Jul 24, 2013
Ceane added it
Aug 08, 2012
Genie marked it as to-read
Jun 08, 2012
Andrea marked it as to-read
Nov 05, 2011
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Rivka's First Thanksgiving When Zaydeh Danced on Eldridge Street Marushka's Egg Beauty and the Beast: A Musical for Children The Best Jewish Children's Stories: "When the Beginning Began" and Other Favorites

Share This Book