At Ellis Island

At Ellis Island

A History in Many Voices

By Louise Peacock; Walter Lyon Krudop (Illustrator)

Atheneum Books, Hardcover, 9780689830266, 44pp.

Publication Date: June 2007

Ellis Island was the gateway to America and the promise of freedom for thousands. Its walls are rich with stories. Its walls are rich with stories. In this book we hear myriad of those voices. First we follow a young person today. Her great-great-grandmother entered America through Ellis Island. As this young girl walks the halls of the famous site, she wonders about the past, the people, and their hopes, dreams and challenges.
Here, too, is the voice of Sera, an Armenian girl from the early 1900s. Fleeing the unthinkable in her home country, she longs to join her father in America. As Sera enters the halls of Ellis Island, she "lives" those same hopes, dreams, and challenges.
The voices of real immigrants -- their suffering in steerage, their first glimpse of the Statue of Liberty, and their journey through the Great Hall -- complete this touching look into an important part of America's history. A pivotal time and place is brought to life through a combination of many voices speaking in harmony.

About the Author
Louise Peacock, who has always been interested in history, took a PhD in medieval studies before turning to children's liturature. Her first book, "Crossing the Delaware", was inspired by a trip with her son to Washington's Crossing. The book, also told in many voices, was praised by "Booklist" with a starred review.At Ellis Island continues this unique method of historical exploration. Dr. Peacock lives in Haslett, Michigan.

Walter Lyon Krudop was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1966. He had his first painting lesson when he was eight years old and later studied illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has illustrated a number of books for young readers, including "The Good-Night Kiss" and "Wake Up, Little Children" by Jim Aylesworth; "Black Whiteness" by Robert Burleigh; and "Crossing the Delaware" by Louise Peacock. He lives with his wife, Sara, in New York City.