Meet Rebec­ca

  • Review
By – January 9, 2012
The Amer­i­can Girl Com­pa­ny has launched numer­ous dolls with accom­pa­ny­ing books about the char­ac­ter. The newest addi­tion is Rebec­ca Rubin, a Jew­ish girl grow­ing up on the Low­er East Side of New York in 1914. Each of the books is rich in detail and offers his­tor­i­cal infor­ma­tion at the end of each sto­ry. Rebec­ca is a like­able girl, with goals, dreams, and real flaws. She is a sym­pa­thet­ic char­ac­ter whose strug­gles are uni­ver­sal and time­less. Her fam­i­ly is proud­ly Jew­ish. The author does an excel­lent job of cre­at­ing real­is­tic sit­u­a­tions that hon­or the tra­di­tion­al Jew­ish val­ues of the grand­par­ents, as well as the more mod­ern lifestyle of the younger fam­i­ly mem­bers. Read­ers will also learn about sig­nif­i­cant his­tor­i­cal events such as immi­gra­tion and the cre­ation of unions and labor laws, as seen through the eyes of Rebec­ca. Col­or­ful set­tings such as Coney Island, the busy streets of the Low­er East Side, and a movie set from the ear­ly 1900’s, add inter­est and appeal. The Rebec­ca series will be adored by ele­men­tary age girls, both Jew­ish and not. The mass appeal of the Amer­i­can Girl col­lec­tion will intro­duce count­less read­ers to the tra­di­tions and his­to­ry of Jews in Amer­i­ca. Like the All-of- a‑Kind Fam­i­ly series, the Rebec­ca books will give Jew­ish girls much to be proud of. Although each of the books does stand alone, it is best to read them in sequence.
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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