Today, we're reviewing the lovely picture book Anna & Solomon. This is a touching true story about the immigrant experience, and I loved it!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Format read: ARC via publisher
Synopsis via publisher:
Anna & Solomon is based on the true story of the author’s grandparents’ immigration.
Snyder does a great job of sharing the real (!) story of her ancestors. She charmingly details the wedding of Anna and Solomon, and how they were willing to temporarily part from each other in difficult times, so Solomon could help them begin a life in America.
Younger readers will undoubtedly be chambered by Snyder's loving recounting of Solomon's pursuit of new jobs in his new home, his careful saving of money for a ticket to send home to Anna, and how each time Anna sent a family member in her place, Solomon gamely welcomes the new addition to his house, and helps them begin to build their lives in America, as well.
The book is only made all the more endearing, with lovely illustrations by Harry Bliss. Bliss gives a warmth and coziness to the immigrant experience, showing how Solomon and Anna's family band together to build their new lives, and the little additions - cats! - that make their new lives more welcoming.
I highly, highly recommend this book for all readers. This is not only a beautiful book that showcases one family's complicated, interesting immigrant experience, but will also inspire other readers to consider new cultures and new ideas for the very first time.
About the author & illustrator:
Harry Bliss is the son-in-law of Elaine Snyder and the illustrator of many books for young readers, including the New York Times bestsellers A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech, Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, and A Very Brave Witch by Alison McGhee. He is also a cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine.