Journey to Ellis Island


Journey to Ellis Island: How My Father Came to America  
by Carol Bierman

Based on a true story, this beautifully illustrated picture book shares the story of 11-year-old Yehuda and his family, who trek across Europe, then board a ship for America, only to be denied entry at Ellis Island. Will they have to go back? 

In addition to teaching about early immigration in the United States, this book is also great for teaching character traits like optimism, making brave choices, and overcoming obstacles in pursuit of a dream.

Reading Levels

Interest Level:  Gr. 3-8            DRA Level:  40                  Lexile Measure: 750L
Grade Equivalent: 5.3            Guided Reading: R


See Inside This Book

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