Letters from Rifka

Letters from Rifka America the girl repeated What will you do there I was silent for a little time I will do everything there I answered Rifka knows nothing about America when she flees from Russia with her family in

  • Title: Letters from Rifka
  • Author: Karen Hesse
  • ISBN: 9780805019643
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Hardcover
  • America, the girl repeated What will you do there I was silent for a little time I will do everything there, I answered.Rifka knows nothing about America when she flees from Russia with her family in 1919 But she dreams that in the new country she will at last be safe from the Russian soldiers and their harsh treatment of the Jews Throughout her journey, Rifka car America, the girl repeated What will you do there I was silent for a little time I will do everything there, I answered.Rifka knows nothing about America when she flees from Russia with her family in 1919 But she dreams that in the new country she will at last be safe from the Russian soldiers and their harsh treatment of the Jews Throughout her journey, Rifka carries with her a cherished volume of poetry by Alexander Pushkin In it, she records her observations and experiences in the form of letters to Tovah, the beloved cousin she has left behind.Strong hearted and determined, Rifka must endure a great deal humiliating examinations by doctors and soldiers, deadly typhus, separation from all she has ever known and loved, murderous storms at sea, detainment on Ellis Island and is if this is not enough, the loss of her glorious golden hair.Based on a true story from the author s family, Letters from Rifka presents a real life heroine with an uncommon courage and unsinkable spirit.

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    1. A very interesting MG story about a Russian Jewish girl who gets separated from her family when they emigrate to America in 1919-1920. For some reason I was afraid the story wouldn't have a happy ending, but I was pleasantly surprised and glad for Rifka, after all that she endured alone.

    2. Letters from Rifka is the riveting story of a young girl and her family who make a daring and courageous escape from the progroms of 1919 Russia. The story is told in a series of letters from Rifka to her cousin Tovah who is still in Russia. The family contracts typhus during their journey to the port where they hope to board a boat to America. They barely survive, but do make it to Antwerp, where Rifka is detained because of ringworm. Her family is forced to make the difficult decision to journ [...]

    3. Although this is a compelling and suspenseful story, the epistolary/diary format really doesn't work. It's very hard to get those to work right, and in this case it has the usual problem: the narrative is WAY too detailed to make a convincing letter.There is also the problem of Rifka writing facts in her letters that the reader doesn't know, but which her cousin clearly would -- like, listing the names of her brothers, when in a real letter she would just say "My brothers," and also explaining a [...]

    4. Karen Hesse also wrote Out of the Dust, one of my favorite Newbery award winning books. Once again, I am in awe of Hesses' ability to portray a historical period with characters who take us on a journey through time wherein the emotions and the setting paint a vivid image of difficult adversity.This book is well deserving of the many accolades it received, including some of the following:Horn Book Outstanding Book of the YearAmerican Library Association Notable BookNational Jewish Book Award---- [...]

    5. "Letter From Rifka" by Karen Hesse, Holt Publishing, 1992. 148 pages. Genre: Historical Fiction, Grade Level:4-6, Lexile Level: 660 L, Guided Reading Level: SIn this historical fiction novel readers are brought back in time to the turmoil that shrouded many European and Eastern European countries specifically Russia during the 1919 Russian Civil War. The novel is about Rifka, a young blonde haired, blue eyed Jewish girl from Russia. As the story begins, Rifka and her family (her mother, father, [...]

    6. Although a compelling story, there was something about this book that didn't quite work for me. It was somehow flat emotionally. Perhaps it was the letter format and the jumping around from tense to tense. Perhaps it was explaining things to her cousin that her cousin would obviously already know but had to be told so the reader would understand why things happened as they did.I really wanted to like Rifka because her story is so big, but I wasn't able to connect with her. Her story is one that [...]

    7. I think this book is really good. Rifka and her family escaped from Russia to America. But when they were in Poland buying the tickets to America. The doctor discovered that she had ringworm on her head. So she need to go to Belgium to cure her illness. Finally she went to Ellis island and entered the America. I think the title fit the story because in the book rifka was writing the letters to her beloved cousin, Tovah. So the title is call Letters from Rifka.

    8. Great book to read with a sixth or seventh grade class as a way of slowly introducing the topic of the Holocaust (in our county, we really delve into that area in 8th grade). My whole class loved it!

    9. Andrew DurosWorld LiteratureMs.YoungLetters From RifkaBy Karen Hesse Can you envision yourself being in a country alone while the rest of your family travels across countries without you? In the book Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse, a young Jewish girl named Rifka, has to go through an experience such as escaping religious belief and running away from pogroms. She endures prejudice, displays family loyalty, and shows perseverance and growth. In the early 1900’s, Russians are prejudice towar [...]

    10. Beautiful historical fiction story about a young girl trying to flee from Russia to America for a better life. She is kept back from her family due to ring worm, and yearns to see her family once again. Great choice for historical fiction book clubs for upper elementary.Favorite quote:"I leave behind my cousins, young and dear;They'll never know the freedom I have known,Or learn as I have learned, that kindness dwells,In hearts that have no fear." (Page 140)

    11. I really liked this book. It was a quick read and the history was so interwoven into the story that I felt I learned a lot while following the intriguing narrative. Rifkas voice really shines through this book - you can really feel her pain and joy and how much she grows by the end if the book. It is also really interesting to have the story told through letters to a cousin that are never sent but simply written to help her stay sane and record her journey.

    12. Read at bedtime with my 9.5, 7, and 4.5 year olds (which the 4.5 year old doodles and only half listens). I did simplify the doctor's examination when they entered Poland but made such they got the drift. Excellent book about the struggles and reasons many immigrants faced. I pray it helped them value their natural citizenship in our great country, despite it's own faults, as I pray it helps them have compassion on others.

    13. This was one of my favorite books growing up and I just finished rereading it. I think nostalgia is making me give this a 5 star rating, but probably it would be closer to a 4 or a 4.5 if I was reading this for the first time. Still, it is a story that sucks you in and stays with you long after reading it. I will now be adding it to my classroom library for my students to select and enjoy.

    14. A book that provides insight to a Russian Jewish child trying to travel to America during World War I, we see the hardships and endurance of Rifka. Survival and bravery abound, Rifka shows us that one whom we once believed to be an enemy is just another who is trying to survive as well. The historical note in the back of the book is helpful information. This is a quick read.

    15. Read this book during our Exploring Countries and Cultures year of homeschooling. By far, one of my favorite juvenile historical fiction. Right up there with a Number The Stars by Lois Lowry. Our boys (ages 7 & 11) enjoyed it too.

    16. sweet story. great way for younger kids to get a feel for the time period and the experience of immigration at this time.

    17. One of the most impactful books of my childhood felt the need to experience it again. A stirring story about innocence and the true face of bravery.

    18. 4.5 starsA good novel of a young jewish girl who has to flee Russia with her family but gets detained and has to wait months to join them in America.

    19. I liked this book. Nothing was very confusing, but I wish they told you more about what she does when she gets to America, and starts living with her family.

    20. A reading assignment from Chance's English class that I read with him. Makes me think of the many many others who suffered similarly, trying to escape the war, and make a new life in America.

    21. One of my all time favorite books Out of the Dust is written by Karen Hesse, so I decided to give Letters from Rifka a try. I was not disappointed! Karen Hesse delivers a compelling, suspenseful, and eye opening book that I thoroughly enjoyed. However, sometimes it got into too much detail, and it did not sound like a thirteen year old girl was writing the letters. Overall, I loved this book, and would highly recommend it.

    22. a much better book than anticipated. it tells the story of a girl moving from the Ukraine/Russia to the U.S. she has to go through different areas, including Antwerp. it is a brutal story with a lot of suffering. but she deals with it and grows.

    23. In the book "Leets by Rifka "by Karren Hesse she expresse emotion.The book is historical ficction ,and touches alot of dramatic moments .The theme's of the book are immagration and Jews. The main character of the whole story is Rifka.She is a teenage girl and just so happen's she is a jewBut something weird is she loks like a German.She can also speak hebrew.Unlike some Jews Rifka has long blonde curly hair that is admired in the book.She is a very family orriented person.Her family goes through [...]

    24. I really enjoyed reading this book. The book is about a Russian family's journey to America. The Nebrot family immigrated from Berdichev to the United States. The family went through Poland and Warsaw where the main character Rifka had to be separated from her family because she had ringworm. Rifka had to wait an entire year to go to the United States because she had to be cured first. Once she finally made it to America after not seeing her family for over a year, was so close when they told he [...]

    25. Letters from Rifka is (as you may imagine) a series of letters written by Rifka, a twelve-year old Jewish immigrant, to her beloved cousin, Tovah. While Rifka, her family and friends are fictional, almost all of the events and details of the story actually befell Mrs. Hesse’s great-aunt Lucy who, like Rifka in the story, immigrated from Russia to America during Lenin’s regime.The Story.Although Jews, Rifka and her family have lived a tolerable life in Russia - true, three of Rifka's older br [...]

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