Page 1 of this book: "Thursday, April 16, 1896. This morning I scraped the hairy backs of our pigs and collected a good crop of long, black bristles. I sold them to Mr. Levy, the cobbler. He uses them to sew the boots and shoes. How we haggled over the price! I asked high. Mr Levy offered low. I argued. He argued back. I waved my arms. He waved his. I paced. He paced. I knew I would win, for our pigs have the finest bristles, and besides, Mr Levy likes my spirit, I can tell. In the end we were both satisfied, I with my coins and he with his bristles. I wrapped the coins in my handkerchief and dropped it into my apron pocket. I wished him many customers, and he wished me "shalom."
This book is about a 13 year old polish girl living in 1896.
It is good for ages 10+.
Poor Anetka comes to the US at 13 years old to marry a much older man whom she neither knows, nor does he know her. THE husband pays her passage and a young soldier whom she falls in love with. She marries the husband who pays no attention to her except for a few moments every nighty in bed. He pretends that she is his dead wife. Meanwhile she cleans, cooks and scrubs. HE has two delightful little girls whom Anetka grows to love and they both love her. She is widowed and to make ends meet she turns her home into a boarding house for the miners. Life gets happier and she marries her young soldier and together in love they raise her two stepdaughter and have a child of their own.
Beautiful gift copy.