Meet Rebecca (American Girls: Rebecca, #1)
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Meet Rebecca (American Girls: Rebecca #1)

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Rebecca Rubin is a lively nine-year-old girl growing up in a big Jewish family in New York in 1914. She dreams of becoming an actress, but her parents and grandparents have traditional ideas and don't think young ladies should perform. When Rebecca learns that her cousins in Russia are in great danger and must escape to America, she puts on a show to raise money--until her...more
Paperback, 78 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by American Girl Publishing Inc (first published 2009)
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Carolynne
Like most of the American Girls series, Meet Rebecca features a spunky heroine who tries to honor her culture and still make her own way in life, this one a young Jewish immigrant in 1914. Spoiler Alert: In this book, Rebecca's interest in acting and motion pictures causes conflict with her more traditional grandparents. But whether she should spend the money she earns on her own pair of candlesticks or on helping her cousin's family never seems like a real question.
As usual, the book (Lexile me...more
Sesana
This'll be a review for Rebecca's whole series, which I'm giving a 3.5, rounded up because I ended up really liking her as a character.

Rebecca's series is set in 1914 and stars a young Jewish girl, daughter of Russian immigrants. So there are overarching themes of cultural and generational differences throughout, and probably the most coherent storyline to cover all six books in an American Girl's series that I've read. (Rebecca wants to be an actress, her family wouldn't approve, etc.) There ar...more
Bree
This review is from the point of view of a mother. I'm reading the Rebecca series to decide when they will be appropriate for my daughter.

I was excited to read the Rebecca books because the time period and immigrant story are favorites of mine. Although I am intrigued by Rebecca the character, I struggled through the book. The space taken to explain Jewish traditions was helpful, but broke up the flow of the story.

The conflict, that Rebecca was sneaking around doing something she though her pa...more
Emma
I absolutely adored the American Girl books growing up, so with some time to kill in Barnes & Noble yesterday, I decided to pick up one of the ones that had come out in the time since I was the target audience.

Rebecca Rubin is a Russian-Jewish girl in New York City in 1914. And while I'm pleased they've tackled this era of immigrant families in turn of the century New York and also Jewish families, there was just too much exposition on the culture and traditions. I felt like instead of telli...more
Goat Girl
I like it. it is a lot like all the other meet whatever doll. it is not boring but sort of the same story board each time.
Miri
Rebecca Rubin is a nine year old girl living in 1914 New York City. Her family are Russian Jewish immigrants. She lives with her father and mother, older twin sisters Sadie and Sophie, Older brother Victor, younger brother Benny, Grandmother Bubbie and Grandfather.

Rebecca's, mother's cousin Max, is an actor and Rebecca dreams of being on the stage someday too. She's never old enough for anything, not even lighting the Sabbath candles, so Rebecca is determined to earn money to buy her own candle...more
Michigosling
The book had a dashed-off quality about it that disappointed me. Among the most disorienting anomalies was the way the grandmother fried fish on Friday (Christians fry it on Friday; Jews traditionally boil it and serve it cold) and then they obviously never served it, because the soup, which is eaten after the fish, was already served even before any of the blessings, which would have led to its cooling and congealing. Anyone who has every fried fish knows that it needs to be served right away,...more
Ciara
man, i have such a soft spot for the american girl books. i am giving this one four stars compared against its american girl bretheren, & the other books in the rebecca series. i'm not saying i loved it, but for what it is, it's not bad. rebecca rubin is the newest in the american girl historical doll line. she was launched last may. she's nine years old & lives in 1914. her parents are russian jewish immigrants who came to the united states & met while working at a shoe factory. the...more
Xyra
As American Girl books go, this was a really good "Meet" story. In it we meet Rebecca Rubin and her family. They are Jewish and have immigrated from Russia.

We see that three generations live in their home and how they live, work, and worship together. Well, we don't see them at synagogue, but we get to see how they start celebrating Sabbath and some of their traditions.

We get an idea of the struggles the family went through to get to the United States and how much they are worried about the fam...more
Amanda Caldwell
Another great American Girl story! Like so many of the other American Girl books, Meet Rebecca has a lot of heart. Rebecca is a Jewish girl living in New York City in 1914 with her twin sisters, brother, parents, and grandparents. Rebecca, being a middle child, always feel left out- especially from her teenage twin sister's activities. When Rebecca's family receives word that their family in Russia is suffering due to prejudice towards Jews and the oncoming war, the family must act fast to save...more
Rebecca
The year is 1914. Nine-year-old Rebecca Rubin lives in New York City, where she was born after her parents and grandparents, Russian Jews, immigrated to America. One of five children, she feels like the odd one out - her fourteen-year-old twin sisters think she is too young to go anywhere with them, and she has little in common with her two brothers. Rebecca longs to be more grown up - to be able help light the candles on the Sabbath, and see movies with her sisters.

Rebecca becomes interested i...more
Annie
age range 9-11. Rebecca is a kind loving girl. Who try's to help save up money for 5 Ship tickets for Ana, Josef, Michael, Uncle Jacob and, Aunt Fannie. Who live in Russia where the war is going.
Kate
Okay, I'll admit it - I've been reading American Girl books for 21 years and I still adore them. This is the first book about Rebecca, the child of Russian Jewish immigrants living in NYC in 1914. It's like they MADE this one for me - World War I! Immigrants! Jewish traditions! New York! As with all of the American Girl historical novels, Rebecca's story manages to be educational, in a completely non-subtle way, and simultaneously completely engaging. It's a gentle read while also not shying awa...more
Wendy Daniel
I wanted to read an American Girl Book to see what all the fuss was about. I have two boys, so we have not come across this series in our family readings. I grabbed one for our book talk on historical fiction. Overall, it was about what I expected. It wasn't amazing - it wasn't horrible. The main character, Rebecca, is a young Jewish girl in new york in the early 20th century. She wants to be older then she is, and she longs for attention. When she saves money for something she really wants, she...more
Samantha
Rebecca is creative, talented, and feels a little overlooked in her family as the middle child following twin sisters. She longs to be an actress and is encouraged by the presence of her mother's cousin, Max, who shares her career ambitions. In this story, Rebecca struggles with her wants versus her desire to help those in need. Wanting nothing more than to be able to light candles on the Sabbath as her sisters do Rebecca saves up money to buy her own candles by selling the handmade crocheted it...more
Tracy Connolly
Rebecca is the daughter of Jewish immigrants living in New York. Rebecca wanted to light the Sabbath candlesticks, like her big sisters. Rebecca looks for ways to raise money to buy her own candlesticks. After meeting her cousin Max, the actor, she decides to put on a show. When that doesn't work, she finds another way. Rebecca is also upset that her cousin Ana and Ana's family are in danger in Russia. They need money to come to New York. How will Rebecca help Ana? Meet Rebecca is the start of a...more
Yvonne
My 6 year old daughter has been very interested in learning more about Jewish culture. She recently received the American Girl doll, Rebecca, whom is Jewish, and the corresponding books. Meet Rebecca is the first book in the series. We found the book to be both entertaining and informative. Rebecca is a likable character, and my daughter was able to relate to her easily.

The story takes place in 1914, and the author does a good job of describing the plight of Jewish immigrants of that time, most...more
Laura
So just so you know...when I rate the young adult or children's literature, I rate it based on what I would have thought when I was at the target age for that book.(or what my son thinks now) It is too bad I can't sit down still and just be completely obsessed with the American Girl's...but at one point in my life I was. With that being said...back in the good 'ol days this would have been a fav. I have a special place in my heart for the American Girl's collection...cheesy? :) Rebecca is Jewish...more
Jennifer
OK, so the American Girl Books...picture every stereotype you have ever heard of about a time in history, throw it into a book and voila, you have the American Girl series. The kids like them (probably because they're predictable), which is why I broke down and read the newest one, hot off the "new" shelf. Rebecca is a young Jewish girl in 1914 who wants to be an actress, and who really wants to be able to light the candles that her sisters get to light on the Sabbath. Her grandparents are immig...more
Brandi Scelsi
As with all American books I love that the story introduces new concepts to this time period that were applicable in history. The books include a glossary and a mini history lesson very educational for the young reader.
Shelli
Great start to this series of American Girls. Rebecca Rubin is a first generation American of her Jewish family that immigrated from Russia. Her grandparents try and stay true to Jewish customs and traditions while Rebecca and her parents have had to learn to adjust some of their ways to fit with life in America. More than anything else Rebecca hopes to become an actress on one of those new moving picture shows that are becoming so popular. This is contrary to her fathers hopes of her becoming a...more
Julian
Rebecca wants to light the Sabbath candles but her twin older sisters like to remind her that they are in high school and that they are more mature and that makes them more important. But when cousin Max comes over, everything changes. She tries to earn money to help her cousin Anna and her family who live in Europe, get ship tickets to get across the ocean to New york. Cousin Anna is sick and if they don't get the tickets to them in time Anna could die.

I learned that even if you are younger or...more
Mary Bronson
I thought this was a nice quick read. After rereading the original American Girls I thought I check out the newer ones. I thought this was a nice story of a girl growing up in New York City in 1914. How her family immigrated over to the United States from Russia. Her family is also Jewish and it touches about how Jewish people were seen during that time. Also how back in Russia Rebecca's father's brother and family are trying to escape Russia to come in to the United States because of how the Je...more
Grace
I think this is a good series for girls of all ages
Christina
Rebecca seems the realest of the AGs I've read with Isobel. She plays make-believe with dolls, pretends to be a downtrodden peasant while doing chores, and feels slighted by her well-meaning family. I want to say that she's the most childlike, but really she's probably just the one that's the most like who I was as a child.
I wish there was as much Yiddish in this story as there was French in the Marie-Grace and Cécile books, but maybe the AG bosses think Yiddish is less accessible than French?
Lisa

This is the first American Girl book I've read, and I'm not that impressed. Maybe part of it is that it was picked for a 5th grade mother-daughter book club and is way too basic for this age group. But there isn't much to the story and it's lacking in other respects too. I know it's the first in a series, but it doesn't provide enough information. I hope this isn't the first or main exposure young readers will have to Judaism or what life was like for Jews in this time period.
Anna
5/3/12
Rebecca wants candle sticks. But she wants to be an actress even more. Her cousin Anna is sick! She wants to earn money so Anna could come to America. Will Rebecca get the money? Will Anna survive?
9/15/12
I know I've already read this book but this time I read it to Ruth. It was really fun doing this with her because after we read 20 min. I would ask her about what we read. I really like Rebecca because she wants to be a movie star just like me.
Amanda Wheet
While Rebecca is a nice addition to the AG collection, I will never understand why she needed to "replace" Samantha. The differences between 1904 and 1914 are so few, and although they are vastly different girls (poor/rich, large family/orphan, Rebecca is Jewish) the setting and historical period are vastly the same. Overall, Rebecca has a decent start to her story, but it's like a mod-podge of American Girls of the past.
Isabella
9-year old Rebecca is playing with her most treauserd Russian dolls. Her mom calls her to help set up the table for dinner. Rebecca's mother tells her to add one extra plate because her cousin Moyshe is coming for dinner. Rebecca was amazed because Moyshe is an actor that is funny. When Moyshe get's to the house he says he would like to be called Max.Suprisingly he talks to Rebecca first and about how she's grown.
Tara
Maura got this newest American Girl doll from Grandma and Pop for Christmas this year, and it came with the first book. We were introduced to Rebecca Rubin, a Jewish girl growing up in New York City in 1914. She is a spunky, good-natured (aren't they all??) girl who dreams of growing up to be a famous actress someday. We're looking forward to reading the next book (and all the books) in the series!
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