Dreams In the Golden Country. The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl-New York City 1903. "Sept.1, 1903, Ellis Island, NY. I am sitting here on the wood suitcase, the one with the metal straps. Mama says I am too heavy to rest on the wicker one. It seems as if we have been in this baggage room forever, although it has only been two hours since we got off the boat. My oldest sister Tovah says to get used to it. It takes a long time to get processed. I am not sure what this word means. I know when you enter life you are born, but when you enter America you are processed, here at Ellis Island.It has something to do with all the papers Mama carries with her. It also has to do with the waiting.
This is a pretty good book. It is by Scholastic, so it is fairly pure, and yet very descriptive of what it must have been like for a young girl to come to America, to learn a new language and forget her old one, to acclimatize to a new lifestyle. At the same time, there are friends who also came to America, undergoing the same growth pains. It is not shmaltzy, but plain, a sort of diary, altho I did not really feel it was a diary as the Anne Frank Diary makes you feel. Anne Frank was like -- the person left, and returned. Zipporah, a bright young lady, is living in these pages.