Dreams in the Golden Country

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Dreams in the Golden Country is a historical fiction book about the life of a Jewish Immigrant named Zipporah Feldman, called Zippy.

She comes to New York City in 1903 and keeps a diary of all of her experiences in this new country.

In the comments, respond to one of the following prompts:

Each character in Zippy’s family is challenged by life in New York.  Name one character and explain a challenge they face as they adjust to life in America.  How do they face this  challenge?  Do you think they were successful?

Imagine you are Zippy writing a letter to a friend back in Russia.  This friend is coming to America next month.  What are three pieces of advice would you give this friend.  Explain why this friend should heed your advice.

I look forward to reading your replies!

What is going on in this photograph?








This photograph was taken in 1908 by Lewis Hine.  What do you notice?  Who is in the photograph?  What do you think they are doing?

Fish In a Tree – Albert



Albert is an interesting character.  He has many layers.  Although he seemed simple at first, the more we read about him, the more complicated his character becomes.

On page 100 Albert explains why he wears the Flint shirt.   He talks about the Star Trek character who left Earth to be alone.

How is Albert like the character he is talking about?

What are Albert’s challenges? How does he respond to them?  How does he protect himself?

Fish In A Tree

fiatThe title for the book Fish In A Tree was inspired by the following quote.

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” –Albert Einstein

What do you think this means?  How does this relate to the book?