Letters from rifka. The paperback of the letters from rifka by karen hesse at barnes noble. This book is an in depth look at a 12 year old girls struggle to get to america from russia. 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.
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. Free shipping on 350 or more. 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 historical fiction novel about a family who is leaving russia and trying to get to america. Her family had to flee russia so her brothers would not be killed because they fled their regiment in the russian armed services. 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.
Rifka is the youngest member of the immigrant family. From newbery media winner karen hesse comes an unforgettable story of an immigrant familys journey to america. Letters from rifka is a childrens historical novel by karen hesse published by holt in 1992.
Karen hesse grade level. Persecuted in russia by the soldiers and others who dislike jews rifkas family makes their way across russia to poland and the us. She is diagnosed with ringworm and forced to separate from her family until she is healthy.
The story is told in a series of letters from rifka to her cousin tovah who is still in russia. 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. Scholastic inc 1992 summary.
The family contracts typhus during their journey to the port where they hope to board a boat to america. Twelve year old rifka is the strong jewish heroine of this historical novel. 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.
4th and 5th grades publisher and date.