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When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest and P.J. Lynch

When Jessie came across the SeaEcono-Clad Books, Topeka, 2003

Hardcover, 40 pages

ISBN: 978-0-6136-9484-1

Suggested reading age: 5+

Reviewed by: Indrani Perera

Rating: *****

Set at the turn of the 19th century, this is a tale of immigration and finding a new home in an alien land.  It is beautiful, haunting and heartwarming.  As I read it, I shed a tear or two over the story of Jessie, sent from Europe to America at the tender age of thirteen.  She leaves behind her grandmother to live and work as a lacemaker in New York cit.

Magnificently illustrated with wonderful sensitivity and compassion by Kate Greenaway medallist P.J. Lynch.  It is rare to find a children's book so beautifully illustrated.  The pictures could easily hang on a gallery wall.  Both my daughters (aged 9 and 5) loved this story and begged for it to be read again and again.


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