Junk Man’s Daughter

Sonia Lev­i­tan; Guy Por­firio, illus.
  • Review
By – March 14, 2012
Young Han­nah dreams of her new life in Amer­i­ca where the streets are paved with gold.” Her enthu­si­asm fades when the fam­i­ly strug­gles to make their way in their new home. When Han­nah and her broth­ers gath­er bot­tles, cans, and oth­er junk,” a fam­i­ly busi­ness is born. Through dif­fi­cul­ty and sac­ri­fice, the fam­i­ly grows a suc­cess­ful enter­prise. Sonia Lev­i­tan has cre­at­ed a heart­warm­ing sto­ry about hope, hard work, and deter­mi­na­tion. Young read­ers will empathize with Han­nah and her desire for a bet­ter life. The vibrant, real­is­tic illus­tra­tions bring the char­ac­ters to life. The visu­al con­trast between the old coun­try and the big city is strik­ing. With the turn of a page, read­ers will feel like they are col­lect­ing and sort­ing junk right along­side Han­nah and her fam­i­ly. Although the sto­ry has no spe­cif­ic Jew­ish con­tent aside from the names of the char­ac­ters, it clear­ly hon­ors the Jew­ish immigrant’s expe­ri­ence, and brings to mind fam­i­ly sto­ries that have been passed down from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion. The Junk Man’s Daugh­ter is a love­ly pic­ture book. Ages 5 – 8.
Bar­bara Bietz is a free­lance writer and children’s book review­er. She is cur­rent­ly a mem­ber of the Syd­ney Tay­lor Book Award Com­mit­tee. Bar­bara is the author of the mid­dle grade book, Like a Mac­cabee. She has a blog ded­i­cat­ed to Jew­ish books for chil­dren at www​.Bar​baraB​Book​Blog​.Blogspot​.com.

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