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A moving story about one family s daring journey from Poland to America and their hope for a better future in their new home Available again in paperbackKrysia does not want to leave her home and her friend, Michi, but there are soldiers with guns on the streets and her mother says that they must go Krysia, her two brothers, and her mother pack their favorite belongings and begin the long, harrowing journey to America Krysia is scared but she finds courage when she thinks of her father waiting for her in America with the promise of a better tomorrowInspired by Maxinne Rhea Leighton s father s journey from Poland to America, this is a powerful reminder of the beacon of hope and opportunity that Ellis Island symbolized and the importance of family at Christmastime Written from the perspective of a little girl, this story gives an excellent idea of what it was like for the immigrants who came to America during the years, 1892 to 1924 This is the story of six year old Krysia Petrowski s voyage to America.Krysia s father was already in America to make a new life for his family When he had a job and a home, he sent for his wife, daughter and two sons The decision to leave Poland, their homeland was difficult leaving behind family and friends was not an easy thing to do The children could only take necessary items and each child was allowed to bring just one toy Their clothes, blankets, shoes and toys were knotted up in a sheet to be carried over the shoulder Krysia had a problem choosing between her two beloved dolls She took Basha because she was the smaller of the two dolls and would take up less space.After leaving their village, it took the family four days of walking to arrive at the port where a large steamship was there to take them across the ocean The difficult sea voyage involved poor sanitation, sickness and lack of decent food After about fourteen days, the passengers finally view the Statue of Liberty and depart at Ellis Island on Christmas Eve.On Ellis Island, the immigrants went through many inspections, which included medical examinations for each family member The paperwork and examination usually took three to five hours to complete Passing the examinations meant that the immigrants were allowed into the country Those who did not have the proper papers or failed their medicals, were delayed for days or even months and could be sent back to their original countries.This well written and carefully illustrated little book is ideal for children who are studying the history of America or the story of their own family. I had this book as a child, and the got it again for my 5 year old My family is polish and came through Ellis island, so it s a great way to teach my children about their history It s also just a nice story The little girl in the story has to choose one of her two dolls to bring with her from Poland, it also goes through the journey on the boat and the process at Ellis island She was on the young end of the target audience, but she was engaged it prompted good conversations about sacrifice and living with fewer things toys, clothes , and the importance of family. Bought and read this book to a 3 and 1 2 years old She loved the story and stuck through the whole thing Later, we looked at a globe and talked about how her Polish, German and Lithuanian relatives immigrated to the US What a sweet and colorful story