Letters from rifka. 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. She is diagnosed with ringworm and forced to separate from her family until she is healthy. Persecuted in russia by the soldiers and others who dislike jews rifkas family makes their way across russia to poland and the us.
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. Rifka is the youngest member of the immigrant family. Told in the form of letters written by rifka in the margins of a volume of pushkins verse and addressed to a russian relative hesses vivacious tale colorfully and convincingly refreshes the.
4th and 5th grades publisher and date. Scholastic inc 1992 summary. Letters from rifka is a childrens historical novel by karen hesse published by holt in 1992.
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. The year is 1919 and rifka and her family are making the arduous journey from hardship in the ukraine to freedom in 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.
However rifka encounters many. 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. Karen hesse grade level.
Her family had to flee russia so her brothers would not be killed because they fled their regiment in the russian armed services. 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.
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This book is an in depth look at a 12 year old girls struggle to get to america from russia.