Letters from rifka. However rifka encounters many. Twelve year old rifka is the strong jewish heroine of this historical novel. 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.
It features a jewish familys emigration from russia in 1919 to belgium and ultimately to the us from the perspective of daughter rifka based on the personal account by hesses great aunt lucille avrutin. Scholastic inc 1992 summary. The story is told in a series of letters from rifka to her cousin tovah who is still in russia.
Letters from rifka by karen hesse through a series of letters to her cousin tovah a young russian jew describes her familys journey to america to escape the hardships imposed upon the jews during the. Letters from rifka is a childrens historical novel by karen hesse published by holt in 1992. The book is a series of letters of rifkas journey and her dramatic experiences as her family flees senseless hate and bigotry with the hope of a new life in americataken from real life experience of the authors aunt lucy this is a.
This book is an in depth look at a 12 year old girls struggle to get to america from russia. Free shipping on 350 or more. Her family had to flee russia so her brothers would not be killed because they fled their regiment in the russian armed services.
The family contracts typhus during their journey to the port where they hope to board a boat to america. From newbery media winner karen hesse comes an unforgettable story of an immigrant familys journey to america. The paperback of the letters from rifka by karen hesse at barnes noble.
Letters from rifka is the story of a young russian jewish girl and her family who leave their homeland in 1919 to travel to america. Rifka records her adventures in a series of letters penned to her beloved cousin tovah which she writes in a volume of poetry by pushkin. Rifka is the youngest member of the immigrant family.
4th and 5th grades publisher and date. She is diagnosed with ringworm and forced to separate from her family until she is healthy. Karen hesse grade level.
Letters from rifka is a historical fiction novel about a family who is leaving russia and trying to get to america.