The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl By Kathryn Lasky (183 Pages)Ages 12+ Publisher: Scholastic, 1998
New dreams and old traditions both clash and complement each other when a Jewish girl and her family emigrate from Russia to America.
March 11, 1904
I forgot to tell you that yesterday Boris said to me, "Well, Zippy, maybe some play that is coming up will need children and you can audition." I said, "From your mouth to God's ears, Boris!" Now I can think of nothing else. I told Miriam last night in bed my secret dreams of wanting to become an actress. She squeezed my hand. It was a squeeze that seemed to say we both have secret dreams, mine the theater and hers love. Then she said, "What is it about this country that makes one dream such big dreams?" I yawned sleepily and said, yes, I knew what she meant, and look at Tovah with her union dreams. There is something in the air here in America that does this to people.