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Dreams in the Golden Country (Dear America (Reissues)) Hardcover – 31 Dec 1998


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  • Hardcover: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic US; Library Binding edition (31 Dec 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590029738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590029735
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,654,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on 15 Feb 1998
Format: Hardcover
Dreams in the Golden Country was another great Dear America book. It is the diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish immigrant girl from Russia, in which she describes her family's first year and a half living on New York City's Lower East Side. Zipporah, or Zippy as she is called, dreams of being an actress in New York's Yiddish theater, and is overjoyed when she is given a job as a prop gir. But her newfound joy is overshadowed by the death of her baby brother when he is just a few days old. To make matters worse for her mother, Zippy's older sister, Miriam, recently ran off to marry a non-Jewish Irish boy, and her sister, Tovah, believes in women's rights and has organized a union, both of which Mrs. Feldman dissaproves of. Plus, one of Zippy's friends dies in a factory fire. Can Zippy really make a new life for herself in this so-called "golden country" that isn't so golden after all?
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By A Customer on 21 Sep 1998
Format: Hardcover
Much as I love the "Dear America" series, I always felt that there was a lack of happy, hopeful endings overall. And now, all is better! I have just finished Dreams in the Golden Country, and found it wonderful. The story of Tzipporah (this is the origional spelling), a young Russian Jew at the turn of the century, is acuratly portrayed - its very like the stories that my grandparents tell! It is a tale of dreams that are accomplished, regardless of the trials put in the way. For anyone looking for a good book with a happy ending and a fine sense of what it was like to live in an immigrant community, this book comes highly recommended! NB: You can visit the tenement building at 14 Orchard Street in NYC - it is an excellent museum.
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Zipporah Feldman comes to America and hates it, slowly and steadily the usa gets better for her, but it also gets worse in other ways. zippy meets blu wolf, who's farther left her and mother and brothers and sister,but zippys litle brother dies, her sister runs of with an Irish catholic fire man,she gets promoted to eight grade,her friend Mamie dies in a shirt waist factory fire ( NOT the triangle shirtwaist factory fire, a fictional fire) and so on,

I thought this was a great book, I could really see myself as zippy, she had ver strong feelings so, If i could I would rate it ten stars.
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By A Customer on 24 Aug 1998
Format: Hardcover
This books teaches you the strugles that people had to go through. Like leaving your country behind you. Your friends, your way of life, and even you language. Then there is the baot ride over and then the finale inspection. If you don't pass your sent back. It is a very intrasting and griping story with twists and turns you don't expect. I recomend this book as a 5 star and the age lever of 9-12 years of age.
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By A Customer on 2 Nov 1998
Format: Hardcover
It was a very good book!I think it should have had a glossary for all the Jewish holiday and ceremonial words.I enjoyed reading about Marie Curie,the Wright brothers,and the thearter news of the 1900's.It had parts that made you want to go on to find out what happened.It had its sad parts too! I finnished it in two days!Very good book!
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This book was a really great book. There was many Jewish words. I really liked the plot. I almost thought that the character was real so many things happen. Some parts are really sad and some parts are really intresting that you can't put the book down. This is a must read book.
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This book was really great. I can't beilive that Zipporah's mom had a baby! Those Feldman children sure had an age diffrence! It was a really great book and I learned a lot about American History in the early 1900's.I command the author for writing a great book!
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By A Customer on 13 Sep 1998
Format: Hardcover
I got to know Zippy and her family and friends. I didn't know before that it was this hard for immigrants. But this made me want to know more about them. After reading other books, this one is quite well researched. A great addition to Dear America.
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