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The Rose Horse

When Lily’s sister is born prematurely, the doctor sends the tiny baby and her mother to Coney Island’s famed incubator clinic. Lily and her father also move to Coney Island, where they live with Samuel, the woodcarver who makes the carousel horses. Set in turn-of-the-century Coney Island, this beautiful story skillfully depicts the traditions of Jewish immigrant woodcarvers, who played an important part in the history of the American carousel.

 

School Library Journal

"...old New York, 1909 Coney Island...the story captures the colorful locale as well as the Jewish heritage of some of its greatest carousel carvers. "

Booklist

"...a rich evocation of a time and place, this chapter book is about the Jewish immigrant community on Coney Island, New York, in the early twentieth century. The focus is on Lily, who came to America on a big boat when she was a baby. Now her sister, Rose, has been born prematurely and is being cared for in a special incubator clinic on public display. Lily rides the local wooden carousels, which are carved by Jewish craftsmen. Yiddish words are an integral part of the story (explained in a glossary at the back), and so are Jewish religious holidays and customs (the story takes place in the seven weeks between Pesach and Shevuos)...an authentic glimpse of early Jewish American culture."