The Memory Coat
Meet Rachel and her cousin, Grisha, two Jewish children living in a small town in Russia. When soldiers begin to attack their town, the family decides that they must set sail for America and their grandmother offers Grisha a new coat instead of his old, tattered coat so that the family will make a good impression at Ellis Island. Grisha insists, however, on keeping the coat that is so special to him — a decision that ultimately helps keep the family together in America. Based loosely on a true story, young readers will appreciate the emotional impact of the story as well as the beautifully evocative illustrations.
Age Level: 6-9
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Book Series: Immigrant Stories: Ellis Island Immigrant Stories: Family Keepsakes The Refugee Experience: Books for Children Stories of Jewish Refugees