Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Klara's New World

Written by: Jeanette Winter

First line: Our little plot of land was poor and full of stones.

Why you should read this book: This detailed and evocative book provides a realistic picture of a Swedish family's journey from hardship in their homeland to a new life in America. Klara's family is coming closer and closer to starving when a letter from her father's friend convinces them to leave everything behind and start again. Detailing their preparations, goodbyes, the ocean voyage to America, the land voyage to Minnesota, and the ways they create their new home, this realistic tale is an eye-opening, child's-eye view into 1860s immigration.

Why you shouldn't read this book: One dead baby.

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