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Meet Rebecca

(American Girl: Rebecca #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,744 ratings  ·  141 reviews
Rebecca Rubin longs to be the center of attention, but it's not easy in a family of five children! When mysterious cousin Max, the actor, tells her the secret to pleasing an audience, Rebecca can hardly wait to try it out. Then she learns that her young cousin Ana and her family are in danger--they must escape Russia and come to America. Rebecca decides to raise money for ...more
Paperback, 78 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by American Girl Publishing Inc (first published 2009)
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Rebekah Morris
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this first a number of years ago. I reread it to see if my niece would enjoy it. Answer: Yes. This was a simple, but fun story about a family of Russian Jews who had immigrated to America. It takes place in 1914 when things were growing more difficult for the Jews in Russia. It is not a long story, and only the first in the series, but I enjoyed it.
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Melody Schwarting
A sweet story about a Jewish family in 1914, working to bring their Russian family over before war begins. (That sounds much darker than the story actually is!) I look forward to the next installment about the cousins coming to America.
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 telling t
Katelyn Marie
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very good first story to a promising series...
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A short but sweet reread. This is a cute story about helping others and how important small businesses were and are today
Panda Incognito
I wasn't originally planning to reread the Rebecca books, but once I realized how many were gone from the library system, I realized that I needed to seize my chance. My Great American Girl Reread of 2020 expanded in scope, and I'm glad that it did, because I am enjoying this series more than I originally did in 2009.

As I remembered, this book involves Rebecca's concern about Russian relatives who needed to immigrate immediately and needed financial support to do so. However, even though this as
Amy Rae
Nov 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-for-school
One of our assignments this week in kidlit was to read an American Girl novel and come to class prepared to discuss it. My original plan was to read Meet Cécile, but I couldn't get it from Audible. So I decided to go with Meet Rebecca, which came out after I (sort of) outgrew American Girl.

This one is solidly okay. For a child whose reading skills aren't quite up to All-of-a-Kind Family, it's a simple introduction to a near-identical time and place. The All-of-a-Kind Family sisters live in the L
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children, historical
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
Jan 17, 2011 added it
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
Feb 02, 2020 added it
Listening to American Girls Pod inspired me to read some of the books I had missed during my own childhood. I distinctly remember my neighbor mentioning there was no Jewish American Girl and my mother encouraging her (and the rest of our Girl Scout troop) to write our own AG stories. Rebecca came out six years after we graduated high school and probably a decade after this conversation took place. My neighbor was one woke 12 year old noticing the misrepresentation and absence of certain American ...more
Tracy Connolly
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
I hadn't read American Girl for a long time, and happened to come across this in my local Little Free Library. I thought, since I enjoyed the original American Girls, why not check this out? So I grabbed it, and at my age, this book was a quick read as it's geared towards preteen/tween girls. It had the same education/entertainment value I recall from the other books. Like Kirsten, Rebecca's family immigrated, although from Russia, and Rebecca was born in America so her experience is also differ ...more
Goat Girl
Feb 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: girl-adventures
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.
Hannah Harris
Title: Meet Rebecca
Author: Jacqueline Dembar Greene
Illustrator: Robert Hunt
Genre: Historical Fiction
Theme(s): Immigration, culture, Jewish religion
Opening line/sentence:
"Rebecca Rubin tugged at her wooden
doll until the top and bottom pulled
apart to reveal a smaller doll nesting
Brief Book Summary:
In this book of the American Girl series, the main character, Rebecca, explores and explains life in 19th century New York City. As the reader is drawn into her emotional experiences, they can l
Elizabeth N. | ThePennilessBooknerd
Rebecca Rubin wants to be the center of attention for once. But that is hard when your one of five kids. She wants to be able to light the sabbath candles but her older twin sisters always get to do that. Rebecca thinks if she can raise enough money to buy her own candlesticks maybe she can light them. She starts finding different ways to raise money but when she hears of she Uncle, Aunt and Cousins in Russia needing help to leave and come to America for safety, will she chose the right thing to ...more
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I want to be an actress. I really liked it, I was never bored with it. and it was nice and short!
1. ordinary life: doing what she always did.
2. called to adventure: when a new guest came to her house and she fand a new mentor and trying to get money so they could help her cousins.
3. entering the unknown: going out to practice acting.
4. Meeting with the mentor: her grandmother didn't like her getting money so her grandmother got mad at her.
5. allies and helpers: she was helping her father in the
Harper Mahlburg
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Harper age 8:Rebecca Rubin longs to be the center of attention, but it's not easy in a family of five children! When mysterious cousin Max, the actor, tells her the secret to pleasing an audience, Rebecca can hardly wait to try it out. Then she learns that her young cousin Ana and her family are in danger--they must escape Russia and come to America. Rebecca decides to raise money for their passage by putting on a show right in her New York City neighborhood-until her disapproving grandmother st ...more
Danielle T
Continuing my read of American Girls released after I aged out of the demographic. Meet Rebecca is a solid introduction, as we're immediately tossed into her large, multi-generational household while dealing with the feeling of wanting to be treated like a grownup. WWI is on the horizon and there's concerns about her paternal uncle's family in Russia. The other immigration story in AG is Kirsten, but hers doubles as pioneer life, so it will be interesting to see Rebecca help her cousins come to ...more
Abby Crow (enneagrams)
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read these books forever and a day ago. My favorite American girl was Kit Kitteredge (if you had one comment it below) but basically I’m pretty sure if I read these now I’d find them extremely dull but I read every single American girl boom when I was in like 3rd grade and loved them dearly. I owned the dolls Kit and Grace (from Grace I got my love of all things French!) so honestly overall these books were my childhood and I love them.
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Of all of the American Girl books, this is the series whose background I knew the least about. This series came out long after I had "outgrown" the level of these books, but as I loved learning from the other books as a kid, I thoroughly enjoyed learning new things with this book as an adult. I look forward to reading the rest of this set. ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun, interesting, and accessible look into Jewish life for a second-generation immigrant child in the early 20th century. It was a good read, but Rebecca was not as interesting and likeable a character as I'd hoped. I hope my impression will change as I continue the series. ...more
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
having read (and enjoyed greatly) the Kaya, Kirsten, and Kit books, I wanted to read Rebecca's story. The first story was very sweet. I enjoyed meeting Rebecca and her family, and getting a hint at the world they lived in, in the very early 1900's. ...more
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Rebecca was really brave in this story and thought of other people a lot. She learned that it's not all about her, she has to help other people too. Spoiler alert: her jokes are really funny, but that comes later in the book! ...more
Cute sweet book. Nice addition to the American Girls line.
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great look at early immigration in the US.
Kristen Lauderdale
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ok, I love this family.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Audio version.
Sara Riley Piotrowski
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I grew up reading the OG American Girl books but never read Rebecca's stories. Brooke and I loved this book and are excited to see her in the American Girl LIVE Musical this weekend. ...more
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Ms. Greene is an American author of more than 30 books and stories for young readers. In addition to her American Girl series, some of her notable books of fiction include: Out of Many Waters, a historical novel about the first Jewish settlement in America.

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