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The King of Mulberry Street by Donna Jo Napoli
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Mar 31, 2012

really liked it
Read from March 31 to April 01, 2012

I personally thought this book was beautiful. The book follows Beniamino/Dom, a nine year old boy who was sent to America from Napoli, Italy for the good life in the late 1800's. The book covers all aspects of the immigration process at the time, from Ellis Island to the padrones problem. Since it was children's there I didn't expect a lot of depth, but I was wrong. The characters were so three-dimensional. Gaetano was by far my favorite. I loved the way we could see the 'immigrant ego' through his character; he refused to speak english and didn't speak to anyone who wasn't Italian. I also liked how Beniamino/Dom struggled with his Jewish side; he tried his very best to constantly hide his faith, in order to fit in. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical and children's fiction.
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